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Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer. Mary's Sawyer's mother, Mary Ann Russell Jewell was president of the Oshkosh Ladies Aid Society, which helped raise money for soldiers and their families during the war. Oshkosh 10 June 1863 My Dear Girls, We received Mary's letter with much pleasure, and were glad to learn by it, that you have been so fortunate in securing company, even to Dunkirk and I imagine you are now, at past six P.M. just changing cars for the Erie R. Road and I pray that you may be protected from danger and arrive in due time not only, to meet with your Binghampton friends but also your final destination where so many kind well loving friends are waiting to welcome you-Happy day, for you dear Eliza-when you are permitted to greet those Loved ones at the dear old home! I concur, he Will not recompense you and them for your long absence? My sympathies are with Mr. & Mrs. Lee as they welcome you from "the Nest" the land where their fondest hopes were blighted in an unexpected hour - bereaved parents, indeed. I think I can in a measure realize their sorrow and anguish-but they know where to look for strength to bear trials-and I hope they may be sustained. Be sure and give our love to them, as also to Grandmama C., Mrs. Bartlett etc. etc.-I hope you will enjoy your visit there as well as I infer you did your stay in Milwaukee.-Mr. Mills spent yesterday with us and of course we had a good time-he told us how he had arranged for you to go [illegible] but I prefer that you avail yourselves of a traveling companion to any advantage a route might posses-I have met Mrs. R. once at the time of Mother's death, and judged that she was a very pleasant lady etc. etc. But enough to say that we all watch with anxious hearts for the safe & happy termination of your journey-The weather is charming and the Country beautiful now, and I see no reason why your journey may not be both pleasant & profitable-learn all you can and make yourselves agreeable guests wherever you may stop. I wish I could just know how happy you are-be particular and write what you see that is interesting and whom you meet with on your journey etc. etc. I am so impatient to hear from Salisbury, through each of your visions-yet I am not urging you to hurry for I want you to make the most of every adventure as you go along-'twill be of no use for you to travel unless you can profit by it-and in after life every incident of this trip will ever be fresh in your remembrance and perhaps enliven & cheer many a weary hour. -Do not forget that your Parents have made sacrifices, that you might enjoy yourselves-but I am too well aware of your good sense to suppose that you do not appreciate your privileges. As to news I have but little to communicate. Strawberry Festival last evening for the benefit of our Sunday School Library -Henry attended but Mr. Mills was here and so I did not go but H says it was a success and very pleasant. Mrs. Chapman gave the Strawberries and the Ladies [Aid Society] made the Ice Cream & Cake etc. etc. They raised about $100.00 perhaps not all cleared. Mrs. Livermore is to meet with our L[adies] A[id] Society tomorrow afternoon instead of this. * Mr. W. Adams & Beckwith had their Machine Shop and Foundry burned Saturday P.M. and nearly all the contents destroyed amounting to $8000 worth of Farming Implements just completed for the Summers market besides the building and its appurtenances - a severe loss indeed and we feel very sorry for them - Ins. for $2000. Mr. Marble called here this afternoon is wishing to have your Father and I go to Green Lake next Tuesday to a Convention and take him and his wife - But I hardly think we shall be able to do so although your Father has business there-if I go I shall call at Mrs. Wolcott's of course--- Every body asks me if I am not very lonely I tell them perhaps lonely but still made very happy with the thought that you are enjoying yourselves.-Mrs. Dickenson says I am a wonderful woman-I suppose wonderfully unfeeling-but I know better than that -Anna takes it to heart most particularly the absence of Eliza-she will come into the Parlor, walk straight to the table and commence looking in the Album for Eliza's picture "the best girl that had live" etc. etc. Henry is quite lonely but thinks Mother is of some account now and Father reckons just where you are every meal-[written on side of page 3] so you will really perceive you are not forgotten-Anna is almost disconsolate. Eliza spent the night with Henry Sunday night & so they were happy, of course. [Written on side of page 2] Wrote to Salisbury from B-when you will start that they may meet you. Good by again Mrs. A. Jewell [Written on side of page 1] Love to you from every member and many friends and hoping to hear often and favorably from you. I will again say be good girls and please Anna says give my love to those girls and I want Eliza to come back with Mary [illegible]. Your Afft. Mother and Aunt Mrs. A. Jewell Mary & Eliza * NOTE: Mrs. Mary E. Livermore encouraged the formation of Ladies Aid Societies across the north during the war and helped form the United States Sanitary Commission. Mrs. Livermore visited Wisconsin during the summer of 1863.
Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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