Hurried letter to wife from politician on campaign tour

Date Written

May 16, 1859

Joshua Bell Fry was 47 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Mary Montgomery Bell, was 40 when it was received.

Joshua Bell Fry died 11 years, 3 months, 1 day after writing this.
It was written 159 years, 10 months, 7 days ago.
It was a Monday.

Smithland
16 May 1859

My dear wife,

I got here last night having spoken every day last week I was tired & took Sunday & Monday as rest days. I saw and supped with the Neisons at Eddy Niles—They seem to be very comfortable, [?], & are doing well.

At Henderson we had a large crowd & I was better [?] with my speech there than by any determined by Mr. M. the [?]. I am now in Lynn Boyd [?] & have been for several days. Democracy here is bitter and uncompromising.

Keep the children and ever love & pray for me.

Truly,
JFBell

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