Reprinted from Hood County Genealogical Society Newsletter dated August 1992

Senter MillsHood Co. Texas
Long CreekJuly 7, 1868

Dear Brother I seat my Self this pleasant evening to write to you in answer to your kind and affectionate letter, I received two letters a few days a go from you one was dated Sept 17th. 1867 the other April 26th. 1868, Brother I was so glad to hear from you and to hear that you was all well I was Sorry to hear of the death of Nancy But glad to hear that Father and Mother is still living and doing as well as they are O how I do want to see them and to talk with them O I wish that I could see you all and talk with you all a bout the ups and the downs the crooks and the turns that has taken place sence I last saw you, I hope these few lines may find you all enjoying good health they will leave me and family well with the exseption of Claiborn which is my third boy he had a chil to day & now has very high fever. I am married as you have heard long a go, when Mr. Burns & I was married he had three boys & I had three which makes us one half dosen he has one daughter Single that is sixteen he has one daughter & one son married we have one in co partner her name is Ann she is nineteen months old She is the pritest and the smartest child you ever saw so that is a nough a bout that, the health of the Country is tolerable good at this time, Corn Crops is very fine wheat crop was very Sorry this year, times is rather dull at this time money is very scarse the beef traid is open and the merchants will buy all the beef hides bacon lard and wood that the country can Spaire we are living at the Center Mills Mr. Burns owns one third we have a school of Sixty Scollars our teacher is a methodist preacher and his wife they are very strict in their school, we are sending all of our boys, John says tell Uncle Thomas that he learning tolerable fast and as soon as he can write a little better he will wraite you a letter, Father Morrison lives in one mild of us they are all well, Thomas tell Father & Mother that I hold my self as their respectful loving child and that I would be glad to reseive a letter from them and that I will wright to them by the next mail provided I have the opportunity of sending a letter to the office give my love to Brother Claiborn and tell him to wright and also give my love to Thomas and Joahaner and tell them to wright to me, give my love to Mrs. Tatum and Sister and tell them that I wish them to wright to me reserve a portion of my love to your self and family, Thomas try and come out this summer to see us and look at the country for I think you had better all move to western Texas any way,

Well I must bring my letter to a close as it is bed time and my eyes has dun dosed and I must send my to the office in the morning Wright as soon as you receive this, So no more at present only I re main your affectionate Sister until death.

Parthania Burns To
Thomas Cauthron

Direct your letter to
Weatherford, Parker Co. Texas