#5.a [?] what proficient in the usd of the axe and found immeasurable delight in piling the stove wood into oval shaped piles that would shed rain like an umbrella. He was never driven or forced to work by my father.For sometime proceeding his death he became week and poorely, the trouble being "Bright's Disease". The doctor, was consulted was unable to. help or relieve him and though able to be about he did no chopping, did not take an axe in his hand or perform any work for four months proceeding his death.My Mother was a tender hearted, sympathetic woman and spared no effort to make it as comfortable for him as our limited means and acomodations would permit. In this she was assisted by us children. In the month of August 1858, while sitting in his chair, breathed his 1st, my brother Ben being with him at the time. The doctor had told us we might expect his death at any time, this condition was known to the immediate neighbors, to the Mc Reaths and Walter Sanderson (your "Anderson" I doubt not,)especially.The direct and abrupt manner in which my father
[Hot Springs, Arkansas]
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