The following undated letter is from the collection of Dale Leach who has again, generously given his permission to publish it. The letter was found in the Bible of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach, wife of Sylvester and daughter-in-law of Solomon. It was given to Dale Leach in 1983 by Esther (Starr) Allen, great granddaughter of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach.
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Mr. Solomon Leach Dir Sir i now take my pen to write you A few lines to in forme you of your brothers deth he dide the 25 of may i wold like to have you to tell me what he toled you When he Came there about his faimely and how he left them i didnent now that he was a goen a way he tuck me about 15 miles a way frome home and left me and my Children and i want you to Write and tell me worther you got that over coat that he left if i had it hear i could sell it for 20 dolers and it wold help me for i am a hard up he left me to pay a very big dat and i don t now how i can pay it and live we are all well at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same i hope that you will excues my poor writen for it very lait to nite so i must bring my writen to a close so good nite plese write as sune as you get this
from maria leach to her brother and sister
i epect drect your leter to blooming dail senter van buren co michigan
i am coten leaches wife he wished that you was heare with him before he dide and i wished that you was to be was wilen to die he said if the lord sean fit to tak him a way
SOURCE: Dale Leach collection. Published here with permission. 2/26/2008