J. M. Daniel to Isaac Hite, June 30, 1847
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is delicate - and we feel much anxiety about her. With her mother she is making very fair progress in her studies. Her society is a good deal sought by the girls of her age, but she is not often permitted to go out. When you write of religious privileges and enjoyments, how we long to be with you - truly this is a land of dearth in that respect -We have regular Services - but a very poor preacher - and tho' I have no reason to think him [illegible] with [illegible] — he is high-Church - and attaches entirely too much importance to form - He has a good heart - and is I think a pious man - but weak, alas! in the upper story — . Still better this than nothing. I hope before many years we will be able to support entirely our own pastor - and then we can get a more Evangelical one. I am concerned to hear the prospect of crops in Va. - A year of general Scarcity in this Country now would almost starve the world. Success in planting grain in this State is always uncertain - Sugar is of necessity to be the great staple of this country and planters here will always have to buy more or less of bread stuff. Prices have been hard on me this year - My corn has cost $1.25 per bushel —and flour $9. per barrell [sic] and all other things in proportion. And in my business I have all to buy. Still I think I am doing a pretty fair business in Pine forests - and wish you were here to join me - The crop is one of certainty - so is the market - but it is a life of exposure and toil and carries me too much from home. If I had 6 thousand dollars to put up a Mill I could make a fortune in