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Letter from Polly Wilson McGee
February 24 1814
Dear Brother it is a long time since I had a line from you but I hope that this will not always be the case we at present contemplate a peace with the savage this will furnish us with opportunities of conveyance and a letter from you or Sister Sally or any of your children that can write would be a comfort to me in this wilderness those that live under the stated means of grace can form but faint Ideas of the darkness that pervades this frontier and I hope of our Lives are spared a few years that you will come and preach or drift for people is moving out dayly the runaways will soon all be here again with a great many others but we can place no confidence in those that fled a number of them I heard howling and praising god for shaking the earth and wishing he would do it a gain for the sooner that nature would under go her last convulsive shotk the sooner their souls would be at rest but I soon found that those people were in reality as feard to die as I was for as soon as the Indians come and killed one man they rose up with one consent and fled to find a place of safety leaving a part of their stuff behind them
Polly W Mcgee
Last Sitting of the Legislative we were struck of into the new county they call it Washington the county seat near [Rees Lick?] is called Mount Vernon—
My love to Sally all you and all your children— —
Mary Ann Wilson McGee, Letter From Polly Wilson McGee to Joshua Lacy Wilson (1814). Reuben T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. Joshua Lacy Wilson Papers (Chicago: Special Collections Research Center, Univeristy of Chicago Library).
||Mary Ann Wilson McGee
||Women living in places that had been recently settled by whites, commonly wrote letters to family members they never expected to see again.
||To keep in touch with her family
Men and women faced a number of challenges in settling the frontier-from missing friends and relatives, to the difficulties to setting up a household in the wilderness. This letter from an Indiana woman to her brother, written during the winter of 1814, suggests these difficulties.