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.
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Collection Edgar Philetus and Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer
Dates of Accumulation July 20, 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. She discusses the New York Draft Riots.

Oshkosh 20 July 1863

My Dear Daughter,

I will improve a few minutes in writing you, while Aunts Henrietta & Nettie are dressing for the afternoon, aware that you will feel disappointed and justly so, unless you hear this week from home. Well, on Friday evening last, we received two letters, both very interesting and cheering. One from you, announcing that you and our other friend were usually well & happy, another from Aunt H[enrietta], with some of the children, had decided to come and make the long wished for visit.

Anna and I accordingly prepared on Saturday and they arrived about 6 PM and were as you know received with a hearty welcome by us all and our house is now mad & glad by the sound of children's sweet voices. And we are all very, very happy. We often wish that you could spend the week with us, but suppose you are equally favored with other dear friends. Charley, [illegible], Nellie, & Hettie are all here and Henry Mills is expected tonight and Uncle John tomorrow, so we shall have a pleasant meeting. I only regret that Uncle Bradford could not conveniently come. Could not you and Eliza spend tomorrow afternoon with us? Bring along as many of your and our friends as possible. I wish at least we might at best get a letter from you while they are with us. I wrote you last week, also in great haste the next morning after Uncle Webb came. We had a most delightful visit from him. I went with him and his friends down to Appleton last week Monday, left here at 6 AM, returned at 5 PM, took dinner at Aunt Charlotte's, rode around the town and had a very pleasant trip indeed. Aunt C[harlotte] is about the same. H. White expects to leave tomorrow for the Army of the Potomac as clerk for some friend of his in Appleton who is sutler in [the] 6[th] New York Cavalry Regiment. They have heard from Lyman since the Battle of Gettysburg, all right.

[I] imagine Salisbury will be crowded with refugees from New York City on account of the terrible and disgraceful proceedings of demagogues and their followers. I earnestly hope that the result of all this, may be beneficial to the nation, by showing up their true colors. [This is possibly a reference to the New York City Draft Riots of July 13-16, 1863.] However, I dread to have the innocent suffer for the guilty as has been the case. Now - I presume you know as much or more about it than we do. I am glad to see a request from the President for Thanksgiving for our recent victories and hope we may soon celebrate the return of peace throughout the entire land.

We have received two of Mr. McMurdy's papers and observed Uncle Hiram's advertisement in them. I hope he will succeed and wish him plenty of clients and above all an unblemished reputation. I think he will dislike to leave Salisbury and feel that Papa will miss him dearly.

You are enjoying yourself so nicely that I feel amply rewarded for all the many homely hours I am obliged to spend. How happy we shall be together after your acquaintances with so many of my old friends and having visited the scenes of our early days. I hope you will visit more particularly the old house of Grand Papa's, recollect that was where we dwelt an unbroken band of sisters, now so widely scattered. Also, where your father and I married, almost thirty years since. Where your Grand Ma Russell and dear Aunt Maria died. Also, the birthplace of Aunt Henrietta & Uncle John and where their father died, when too young to comprehend the term orphan. 'Tis a pleasant spot endeared by very many pleasant associations. Don't fail of visiting Canaan & calling upon my dear friends Mrs. Franklin & Adams & Miss Bennett.

But I must hasten or I shall not finish this in time for the afternoon visitor's chat and I want to improve every single moment. Nellie and Bell Bashford have just come in to play with the children. They are just as good & sweet as ever. Mary White left here this morning after a visit of four days. Tomorrow I am expecting to invite company. You can readily perceive that I am in need of your services in the fancy line. But we will make some Ice Cream and could make some cake and let that pass. We are bound to have a nice time. I imagine perhaps you to have a nice time. I imagine perhaps you have met Aunt [illegible] before this will reach you. Kiss her and all the children for me and three time a day kiss Grand Pa for me. I am in great haste. Your Affectionate Mother…

M. A. Jewell

[Written on the side of page 1] Aunt Henrietta Jewell sends her particular love to Aunt [illegible] and she and Nettie send love to you. I thank you for your full descriptions of your visits & send my love to all friends. I shall write more fully after I am alone. Mr. Sturtevant is not yet out of danger, other friends well. Tell Grand Pa about the [illegible] for Mrs. M. [illegible]. [Other notations are written on pages 2 and 3, but are in pencil and almost
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG18.3.53.4
Object Name Letter
People Sawyer, Mary Eleanor Jewell
Jewell, Mary Ann Russell
Subjects Civil War
Draft protests
Draft resisters
Title Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer
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