Letter written from near Kansas City by John Thompson Peery and his wife Mary Jane Chick Johnson Peery. Includes a short reference to the growth of Kansas City, to the Scarritt family, and to Rev. Peery's ministry for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Another year of our short life has passed by & as we are entering upon another my thoughts naturally revert to you[.] How many, How strong, How enduring the ties that bind me to my Mother to her who loved me from the first & through all my wanderings has loved me still. May God's richest blessings crown the head of my Mother. I was truly glad to hear that you had gotten better & was able to go to Albany. We however have heard nothing from you since you started up. I hope you & Father are both well. If you were not I suppose some of them would write & let us know[.] Mary Jane & I are in pretty good health[.]
We have nothing of interest to write[.] After the rainy spell in Oct. we had a very pretty Fall season until just before Christmas when it turned very cold & continued so for several days[,] but we have had very fine weather for more than a week. Kansas City is still growing they claim to have 40,000 inhabitants[,] it begins to look quite City like. Church matters continue about as they were, perhaps improving a little[.] They have a very able preacher in K.C. & are all greatly pleased with him[.] I hope they may proffit by his labors[.] I have got my Circuit divided for the winter & Bro. Meek takes the Southern part of it which leaves me 5 preaching places[;] none of them more than 12 miles from home & 2 of them right close to home.
Bro. Scarritt & family are all well this winter[.] They have just been having a time of great joy on account of a visit from Eddie & Mamie, their children who for some months have been in Glassgow at school[.] They left for their school again on last Monday morning early.
Cousin Mary & family are well[.] Her daughter Ella & May Bouton's daughter have also been at school at Columbia & have been home on a visit during the Holidays & left on the same train with Bro. Scarritt's children.
Give our love to all. I cannot tell when we will be able to see them[.] I think they ought to come & see us[.] Most of them are younger than we & are just as well fixed to make a little trip. How is Mr. Tandy I feel very anxious to hear from
[Page 4] him[.] I feel very much for them. Tell Fielding & Anna they might come almost any time & see us for they are unincumbered[.] Tell them all to come & if they cannot do that write.
What has become of Erastus[?] We have been expecting a visit from him a long time[.] Remember us affectionately to Nancy, Emily & Margaret & to their husbands & children & all our friends. I often think of them all and ask myself shall we all get home to Heaven at last[.] For this I often pray[.] Give our special love & regards to Father & either write yourself or get some of the rest to write soon[.]
As every your devoted children
J. T. & M. J. Peery
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Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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