Sanford W. (Sr) and Rhoda Ransdell
The following is a transcription of a letter written by Sanford W. Ransdell, Sr. and Rhoda Sampson Ransdell to their son, Sanford W. Ransdell.
(Postmarked) Greenup, Ill July 95 cents
July 4th 1852
State of Illinois Cumberland Co.
I have taken the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to give you some knowledge of our well family.We are all in tolerable health at present and myself and Daniel returned yesterday from the old neighborhood and left all of our friends in good health.
In your first and only letter that we have rec'd from you, you stated that you will write again shortly.We wrote immediately to you but have rec'd no news from you since.As we expected to hear from you so soon as you should become settled.Your silence has rendered us quite uneasy.We have gotten our business in a tolerable state of forwardness this season and have a tolerable prospect for good crops.Our wheat is good and ready for harvesting.We expect to go at it tomorrow.The health of the Country is now generally good. Will's Martha Jane and their boy are down here to-day and are well. Wills weight now is variously guessed at but his great weight is not so much in flesh and blood of his own body as it consists in the elevbation of his thoughts when his optical members rest in all absorbing admiration upon his male Representitin (himself).A noble boy indeed and his appearance will or does justify a great range of thought in the most unbounded and gigantic speculation upon future prospects.I presume that no region in the reach of conception either aerial, Etherial, Terrestial or Celestial is too high too deep too broad or too infinite for his anxious thoughts to encompass and examine for the most suitable field for the exercise of the gright powers (both physical and intellectual) of the beloved Boy.
While Mary Jane in order to present the babe to his fond father in a Situation to justify his most Sanguine expectations has Taxed herself to such a degree that She will bear a good comparison to the parental Spider in the Consumption of her body in order to yield that Sustenance necessary to infancy that She is reduced (as She gives it) to the weight of 25 lbs.His name is James Madison.Remember the old Virginian and you have his future destiny.
We now enjoin it upon you in the most urgent and obligatory manner to write to us immediately and relieve our anxiety.Your mother is very anxious to see you all.You must not forget to write to us as soon as you get this letter.So no more at present but remain your affectionate parents until Death.
Sanford and Rhoda Ransdell