Believe You This?

In a letter to brother James dated 10 April 1872, Ira Sayles sent both sympathy and sermon to his ailing 50 year old sibling whose diagnosis of palsy had been shared in a March note. Palsy by definition in the 1870s was a chronic condition involving some sort of paralysis. A person had three alternatives … Continue reading Believe You This?

Amanuensis: A letter from Ira Sayles to James K. Sayles, 1872

Thanks to cousin, blog reader, and James K Sayles descendant, Sharon Babcock, for sharing her stash of family artifacts. Christiansville, Mecklenburg Co. Va.                                     Wednesday P.M., April 10, 1872 My Dear Brother James,                                                 Yours of March 14, was duly received, and somewhat astonished me with its announcement of your affliction.  If my sympathy could cure you, it … Continue reading Amanuensis: A letter from Ira Sayles to James K. Sayles, 1872