Brother tells brother his son is alive and has not been killed by Indians


Date Written

March 11, 1850

David Redman Burbank was 44 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Silas Burbank, was 56 when it was received.

David Redman Burbank died 22 years, 7 months, 20 days after writing this.
It was written 173 years, 8 months, 27 days ago.
It was a Monday.

Henderson [Kentucky]
March 11, 1850

Dr. Brother Silas,

Caleb Tallman has this moment rec’d a letter from his mother, stating that you had heard that your son, John was killed by the Indians and that you were in great grief, in consequence, such is not the fact. I had just heard from him, he is well and doing well in California. I hear from him every two or three weeks.

Your son John was, and the fact is admitted by all, one of the finest and most business like men that ever left Henderson, and will do well wherever, he is a noble fellow; he is determined to [be] rich, and I presume you will not call it a very great crime, and if he lives to the common age, he will effect his ardent desires, and you will be proud of him.

You must not believe any rumors, if you do you will have a plenty to grieve about; you must rely on me—“for any and all information in relation to John; I have no doubt that he has written to you, but from the irregular mail arrangements the letters have miscarried.

All of our family here are well, give my love to sister Lucretia and all the family. I hope to see you this coming summer. When you wish to hear from John, write to me ad I will always let you know forthwith. Tell brother John to write me forthwith, I have been expecting a letter from him for some time.

Very truly yours,
David R. Burbank

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