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Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer. Oshkosh 17 June 1863 My Dear Girls, Either this P.M. or tomorrow, if nothing prevents, allow me to be with you in imagination, as the Cars are rapidly nearing the last Depot, and as we halt at Milleston, we shall eagerly watch for Father's dear face, who cannot be expected to see many of us, until dear Eliza has been greeted, and now we may expect a little notice. Well our hearts are swelling with varied emotions as we behold old "Taghannick" and the fine scenery on our way to Salisbury-Mary will be filled with wonder & admiration, while Eliza will be so impatient, to meet those dear ones at home, that she will have but little sympathy with aught else-and Mrs. Mrs. Chittenden will have many, sad memories revived as she passes her happy house, now in the possession of others. I don't know where we had better stop, among so many dear friends, but for the Sake of Convenience I will imagine we all call along, and then ride on until we reach Cousin Alice's where "Mother", Grandma, Moore & Freddie, Uncle & Aunt Parks (if she has not gone up) are waiting to welcome us. now Eliza don't be in too much haste to alight first we shall pay due deference to your feelings, and aid you in every way. Well after crying and laughing alternately and jointly we will try to remove our traveling apparel for they are very dusty and warm and we are much fatigued. But never mind, kind friends, a pleasant house and familiar faces will soon restore us, about tea time I suppose, and after tea we will try our Piano and make the old house so long desolated resound with grateful songs, from truly grateful hearts. Blest Reunion, a foretaste of bliss in Heaven, when we shall be reunited to those dear departed ones gone before. You will perceive that I have followed you anxiously thus far on your journey and was much gratified to hear from you at Binghamton. [I] presume you enjoyed your visit there but will wait patiently for you to rest before you give us a description of it, also of your journey from thence to L. reception how our friends are etc. etc. I am glad you had so pleasant a visit at Milwaukee as I knew you would and now dear Eliza if you have only reached home in safety and are as well as when you were here. I shall have carried out my wishes almost wholly. I could not bear to have you go home without seeing somewhat of nature in her summer garb nor of passing Milwaukee or Binghanton and you will greet your own home in her most pleasant aspect-may the remembrance of your [illegible] visit remain as fresh and green in your heart as the verdure upon your hill tops. I so want to hear, how you feel when you realize that you are indeed in the bosom of your family & friends. Is not this the climax of your long journey to greet Father, Mother & brothers & friends, face to face and Mary will also relate her feelings as she first beholds the native town of her parents-How glad my dear Father will be to see her. I know, as also Aunt Marcella, Louise etc. I hope you will be as happy as I am enthusiastic. My pen almost scorns (?) to stay in Wisconsin when the hearts is in Conn. One word to your Cousin Oliver & Mary. You have one friend that can and does sympathize in your happiness. I feel that Eliza has not lost any old friends, but gained many new ones. May you & she be very happy together and never have cause to regret the visit to Wisconsin. I wrote to Louise last Saturday and shall direct this to your care as I shall perhaps write next time to Papa & Mary together. My heart is full of joy. I am sitting alone in this long afternoon in the back parlor by the north window and all the other windows & doors closed to keep out the heat [written on side of page 1] which is very oppressive today and since last Friday. I am not at all lonely for I can easily transfer myself among my friends. Hope Aunt & Uncle Bradford will come next week if it gets cooler - the calf is fatted and really Henry is so lonely and some others. Be good girls and love all your friends as well as I love you with a kiss for each I am as ever Your affectionate Aunt & Mother Love to all our friends - Adieu! Mrs. A. J. [Written on side of page 2] -Mary I have dressed up in your striped calico dress today which I have undertaken to wear out for you - sets nicely - with the red strap. [Written on side of page 3] - Don't think by this letter that I have no anxiety concerning you, but I leave you in the hands of our Heavenly Father who will take care of you. [Written on side of page 4] - Mrs. Ames (Bev) - Mrs. Sawyer's niece died very suddenly last Friday leaving three little children, very sad indeed.
Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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