THE CIVIL WAR
Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer

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Admin/Biog History Mary Russell was born on December 23, 1818 in Salisburry, Connecticut the daughter of William Pew Russell; attended Catherine Beecher Stowe's "Hartford Female Seminary"; taught by Harriet Beecher Stowe; taught school; married Henry Chapin Jewell on October 1, 1833 in Connecticut; Sunday School teacher: occasional wrote for Oshkosh papers: President of Ladies Aid Society during Civil War: two children lived to adulthood: Mary Elanor Jewell Sawyer, wife of Edgar Sawyer, and Henry Augustus; emigrated to Wisconsin 1843; Algoma in 1848; died in Oshkosh on June 23, 1889.
Classification Archives
Collection Edgar Philetus and Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer
Dates of Accumulation June 25, 1863
Abstract 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 June 25, 1863

My Dear Girl,

I seem to have nothing to do but write to you this morning and if I had talent and material would endeavor to make an interesting letter - but in absence of both I shall barely make it a missive to inform you, that you are remembered at home, that we are all well as usual, & that I received a letter from Cousin Mary last evening-directed to me supposing that you were en route Eastward. I will enclose it-though nothing particular except that they are anticipating with pleasure the safe return of their daughter nor do I wonder-for our house now seems like an "old maid's house prim and dismal, as you please. We are made happy however, by the idea that you are enjoying yourselves. I know you will enjoy your visit in Milwaukee. The day you left for Milwaukee was the only really pleasant day we have had this week-this morning 'tis raining and the prospect had fair to rain for a week to come-I hope it will clear off before you are ready to leave there and wish it might be pleasant weather during your stay-as you could see the City to so much better advantage. I am of course anxious to hear how you got along and how you purpose to go the remainder of your journey etc. etc.-I want to hear also how our Milwaukee friends are and when we may expect to see them here. I do want to see them so much. Kiss each of the children for me and as many of the other friends as you please-Anna and I swept and garnished the house from attic to basement the day after you left and I went to [the Ladies] Aid Soc[iety] in the P.M.-about thirty ladies present-packed a barrel of pickles, horseradish, jellies, canned fruit and the like and appointed this P.M. to attend the packing a box of clothing etc for Hospitals-however I think this storm will prevent my being there at any rate- We received fifty dollars from the Dramatic Society quite a help for us-have appropriated twenty five cash to the aid of wounded at Vicksburg---Mrs. Sawyer & Sturtevant have gone to Rosendale to meet their brothers expected home on furlough-Mag is spending the remainder of the week at Oshkosh. Anna attended German Church yesterday left at eight A.M. returned in afternoon so I had the whole house to myself-I shall have no doubt ample time for reflection and possibly I may improve thereby-Henry comes in "Mother are you lonely"? Oh! No-"Well I am glad you are not one of the lonesome kind"-- -- -- He says he should like it better if you girls were only to make a visit in Milwaukee and return again-he hoped we shall hear from you often etc. etc. I received a letter from Mr. Ridder also, last evening in reply to one I wrote the same day. I wrote to Cousin Mary-I imagine you are all having a nice visit together even if it rains-am glad you have a Piano to enliven you - has Walter arrived yet? And have you seen baby Mills? - Wishing you all a happy interview and you a pleasant journey and safe arrival at your place of destination, with love to our friends in Milwaukee and the hope that I may soon welcome them here I will cut short this miserable letter which I should not have written about nothing except to send you the letter from Cousin M.-Have no fears that we shall forget you or that we shall cease to feel anxious about. With love from all to all I am as ever
Yours affectionately
M. A. Jewell

Miss Eliza Jewell
Miss Mary Jewell

[Written on side of page three] L[adies] A[id] Society-Common Council rooms-all well & cleared off pleasant wishes you good afternoon-box packed letter written to [illegible].
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG18.3.53.3
Object Name Letter
People Sawyer, Mary Eleanor Jewell
Jewell, Mary Ann Russell
Subjects Civil War
Homefront
Ladies Benevolent Society
United States Christian Commission
War relief
Title Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer
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