Note: pg 167, REV. JOHN CRAIG, by Lillian K. Craig: "Copy of a letter written by James C. Hamilton to his brother. Postmarked Fulton, Mo., May 19, 1856. Addressed to William Hamilton, Washington City, Washington, Iowa. May 13th, 1856 Dear Brother: Sometime during the winter I received a letter from you which pleased me very much, and I feel guilty in not answeringit sooner. But better late than never. We are all well at this time, and all the friends are well so far as I know. I saw Father today. He is in his normal health. We have had a very long and hard winter and a late spring. I am getting nearly through planting corn. I saw a letter from John and I think the weather here and where you live has been very much the same, a little colder with you. The weat crops have been entirely destroyed by the freeze. Corn is scarce and high in Missouri. Everything is high. Stock of all kinds is very high. I sold a lot of 3-year-old steers for 25 dollars, and they consider two good brood mares sell for $100 to $200. It is a time of great prosperity in the country. John in his letter mad some inquuiries about prices ofland and property around. Fulton. Land is from $10 to $20 dollars per acre. There was a sale of lots joining Fulton of about 20 acres, laid off in 10 lots, that averaged $95,00. Improved lots sellhigh. Boarding in Fultonis $2.50 per week. Edwin Greer, my son-in-law stayed with us through the winter. He left for Lawrence county a few weeks ago, and Elizabeth went with them on a visit. He owns about five or six hundred acres in that country. It is the County that Cyrus Poag live in. If you wish to Write to Cyrus, Mount Vernon is his post office. I was at his house last September. He is in a prosperous cocndition, with a pleasant family. We have no regular preacher now. Mr. Laws was elelcted President of the collee and has to leave us. (Here he refers to Westminnster College at Fulton, Mo. which the Hamiltons helped found.) Of late a couple of th professors came out and lectured or preached as we might call it. Mr. Moon from Illinois, your old acquaintance, preached to us last Sunday. We want a preacher very much. We had a little revival in our church this spring. There were seventeen or eighteen joined the church and there have been additions to most of the churches round Fulton. There were about 10 at Contote, at Mexico 25, at Columbia some. Eliza's 3 oldest joined. (These churches to which he refers are all Presbyterian, as is Westminster.) That you may know whether they understand what they are doing, I will give you some of the questions and answers to the second boy. After the usual questions on experimental religion, he was asked, "In the sacrament of the Lord's supper what does the wine represent? Answer, The blood of Christ. What do you understand to be the meaning of faith? Answer, It is to beliee that what God says, He will do. What the bread? Answer, The body of Christ. The bread is broken and the wine is poured. What does that mean? Answer, The broken body of Christ and shed blood of Christ." Which to me was very satisfactory. (This boy must have been Hames Henry Langtry.) My o wn children and my wife's are all in the church but the 2 youngest. Anunt Rebecca Wilson has been in bad helath for a long time. I suppose you have heard of the death of Aunt Bellana Hamilton. There is a son of William Baskin come to this county this spring. I hear of a good many Virginia folks coming in the rfall, Moses, Meen and Arnold among the rest. You hear dof the death of Mr. Clark, I suppose. Jame Baskin expects to come to Missouri in a year or so. Old Mother Baskin is very frail. Iliza's oldest son is at college. Thomas Allen's also. I am badly situated for schools having to send my children away from home. I wish you would keep up the habit of writingme, as it is a great satisfaction to me to get a letter from you. If you stay where you are and we live, I expect in a few years to pay you a visit. I must close with the wish for your prosperity and hope that you and I may solive that when we leave this world we may reach the better world where the wicked cease to trouble and the weary find eternal rest. sig. James C. Hamilton ID Number: D-HAMI4500
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