Lucy Eppes Thweatt to Martha B. Eppes
I have indeed complained and felt more than mortified at the privation of my dear Sister’s society and have thought often that if you loved me as tenderly I as I do you, some intercourse by letter would attone in a measure for the long seperation; I however forgive your past neglect, in the pleasing anticipation of a visit very soon, & hope indeed that no unforseen event will again deprive us of that pleasure our dear Matilda has been frequently, lately seriously indisposed, I often feel my heart swell in painful anxiety when I look at her, the lump in her jaw is not larger if there is a change it has diminished, but she is often attacked with excrutiateing pain in her whole face and one night lately we were so much allarmd at a chill & violent pain she appeared to suffer that we had once determined to send to Brunswick for Dr Jack Feild, we have urged very much she would go down & see Old Dr Feild again but have been unable to prevail on her & our neighborhood phissit[ian], she has no confidence in.let me hear by my dear Brother as he pass’s to Richmond when we may expect you for I have so often given my self a pain in the neck looking for you that I dont wish to begin too soon.I have indeed been gratified in seeing both my nephews dear little Wilie has made a great exertion to stay to day, & I have been bribing him to stay to morrow but he declars he cant he wants to see Mama.[. . .] Fare well my dear Sister give my most affectionate love to my dear Brother & Mary and kiss all the little ones for me.