Gut wrenching letter from a young woman named Lucy F.Mead ; undated but likely written between 1820-1860. This letter came from a collection of early documents from the Pickens family of Hardin County, TN and Lauderdale County, Alabama all dated in the same time span. The letter is beautifully inscribed by Lucy who laments her struggles living in the wilderness as part of an immigrant pioneer family. Some of her remarks in part are the following: The motive must be great for one to leave our devoted land and country, so to exchange for such a barren wilderness to exchange wise and just friends for a people whose hearts are callous to the cries of humanity.” These degraded people destroy their children….The mother who listens with indifference to the cries and tears of her drowning infant, the wife who beholds the functional frills of her husband without suffering one tear to fall from her cheek. Other lines state: Degraded people you that destroy your own children, brothers and the conscience which the bivalent (Creeks) have given you.
The letter clearly appears to be from an educated lady who has perhaps been thrust from her home country i.e. England or Scotland to now settle in some God forsaken Indian infested wilderness where all sense of morality, ethics and grace have disappeared. The letter appears as if written in somewhat solitude behind a wilderness fort with other immigrant families. Lucy has written on both front and back of the paper indicating paper was a precious commodity. In very good condition; 8 x 11 inches. Please examine all the provided photographs to carefully read each line.