She responded in kind, sharing her reactions to his news, teasing her sisters about some matchmaking attempts and adding bits of news from her end. She was probably visiting her paternal aunt, Elizabeth Stephenson McEwen, whose late husband John McEwen had been a merchant in Kingston.
Her reference to "cousin Sam" tantalized me very briefly. I had hopes she was referring to Gen. Sam Houston, her second cousin once removed, for he was close to the McEwens, having reportedly spent time recouping there after injuries suffered during the War of 1812 (see Houston bio posted on the Roane County Heritage Commission website). But he was established in Texas by this point, serving as President during its brief Republic, and not likely to have been travelling through Tennessee. It was surely another cousin (there are plenty of candidates, Sam being a most popular name in the extended family) stopping over for a quick visit before continuing his journey.
There's nothing especially wise or articulate in the letter, no commentary on any events beyond her immediate friends and family, nothing to link her to a larger story. But is is warm and loving, a little scattered and, as she says, "writen in haste as I am expecting the preachers for supper...". It could be one of the phone calls or text messages we exchange in our family today, keeping each other abreast of our goings on.