R. Blyers to Isaac Hite, June 4, est 1850
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Turtle Lake - June 4th Dear Isaac - How often have I to reproach myself for my remissness in my correspondence with my friends is but this time I have been slow to write because my situation has so dejected me that I have scarce had the spirit to write - before coming to this place - I begun a letter to you on a sheet of paper which contained about two hundred lines - but after writing about twenty five I had to give it up - such sheets are awful - I wish I could give a good account of myself - one that would make you glad - but it is not in my power. I am now living with Mr. Waller - being employed by him as a teacher at a stipend of two hundred dollars per annum - with the privilege of taking as many scholars as I can get but there are so few children in this neighbourhood that - besides his I have yet but two scholars though I have been here five weeks ~ I am doing better here than I should have done had I remained at Houston - and should be pretty well contented but that I owe a debt in Houston of $ 400 - for my board lodging and washing only - but I incurred while there no other expenses now as it will take two years for me to work out of that debt supposing that I apply my whole income to it I surely have enough to depress my spirits - and have no prospect of seeing my friends in Virginia (the greatest pleasure that I ever contemplate) for four or five