30 [August] 1842
I received in due time and was gratified to hear of your enjoying yourself with the ladies though it [is] your disposition to enjoy yourself on all occasions. I suppose you have been to the camp meeting near Johnsville. I had contemplated on coming up to that to have some fun with you but you know A. G. Warfield’s wedding took place on the 25th of this month which I had to attend to of course. We had quite a time of it.
You recollect what a tremendous rain [we had] Wednesday the 24th, Thursday, the river was so monstrous high that we could not cross. We left Albert’s at six in the morning and got to the river at 7 o’clock. There we was brought to a stop. I took Copper and forded it. The water came over his back. Then we was on a quandary what to do. Do you recollect he was to be married at 9 o’clock in the morning? Well, then we had to march. When we got back to Albert’s, I took Copper out to give him some feed while we went to get our liquor and something to eat and left the boy to mind the horses and to hitch him in. When he was done eating, the damn infernal nigra, instead of bridling the horse before he hooked him up, hitch him in the buggy on, then slipped the bridle from over his ears to put the bit in his mouth, but he missed it the damndest. No sooner than he slipped the bridle from off his ears, he put off as if all hell was after him, ran over great stumps, and about two miles through the woods and over gullies. At last he ran the dashboard of the buggy against a tree and broke loose from it. Did very little damage to the buggy. Five dollars will repair damages. Some expected the horse [would] kill himself but I knew damn well the horse would take [care] of himself but I expected to of scene the buggy knocked all to hell.
When I found the horse, he was eating leaves as if nothing was the matter. I took back and hooked him to another and went ahead like the Devil. We got him down there at 12 o’clock and they were married at 1 o’clock. Got to his fathers at 7 o’clock to dinner. There we cut up until 11 o’clock and then I took some fellows to my house which was James Wood, Doctor Watkins, and Mister Riggs. There we played bluff until most day.
The next day we all went over to Albert’s and spent the day dancing on the green and drinking our brandy and on Saturday James Woods, William Watkins, _____ ____ until most day. Then we got on our horses and went over to Albert’s and took a gate off the hinges and carried it about a hundred yards up the big road and propped it there. Then we went over to William Warfield’s and built a fence right across his lane and a hell of such trails. James Woods is one of the finest fellows I know. I want you to become acquainted with him from the recommendation I have given you. He says he knows you are a first rate fellow.
My dear cousin, you must excuse my not coming up. The girls are anxious all to see you. Miss E. L. Watkins wants to come up and see you all in that hundred. She told me to give her love to you. You may look for us up soon but you must not wait for our coming up. Come down as soon as you can. My home is your home. All the boys got religion but me so I am in the Devil’s claws yet.
You must write soon. Jane in Boltine attending a camp meeting near Franklin. & I am going to cover a pretty girl tonight. That is, I think I see myself covering her. Now farewell, my dear cousin. I will tell you more things another time.
Your affectionate cousin, — R. W. Crapster
Postmarked Baltimore, Maryland, September 15