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Letter from Mary Ann Russell Jewell to her daughter Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer. She discusses news of family & Friends and an officer home on furlough. Oshkosh Jan 9,'65 My Dear Children It seems such a long time since you were here that perhaps a letter from home would be acceptable, although I have nothing especial to communicate. I have heard from you but once, when your Father Sawyer returned from Fond du Lac and was disappointed that your Father did not call upon you on his return from Sun Prairie last week. He intended to do so, but having purchased a horse at S. P. was obliged to come right on and could not even run up for some reason. And now as Edgar is so soon to go to the woods and we shall so soon have the pleasure of that long visit I think we had better defer our visit until after your return, don't you? I hope the weather will be favorable while you are here as it is now and has been the past week, perfectly delightful. Well, we have just completed our weekly washing. Louisa is preparing dinner with (an occasional lift from me) Aunt Mary is absorbed in the mysteries of Dr. Ed. Henry not returned from loading Cars & your Father at the mill loading teams. When dinner is ready I wish you could both be here to partake with us "Spare Ribs" etc. So much for home affairs and next in relation to the event of the Season. "Old Folks Supper" which passed off successfully in every respect.[It] realized about $300. Besides having a splendid time generally, supper excellent. Ladies in Costume carried out their characters well. They waited upon table and afterwards danced with others in their unique dress, which made it very interesting. Genuine fun was the order of the evening. Well I think I have run on well and retailed all the news, but it was not for that purpose. I commenced this but merely to remind you, that you are still affectionately and anxiously remembered, by your Mother at least. I hope you are both, well and happy. Mary, bring along the ruffling for your Pillow Cases as they are ready for it. It was probably in your workbasket. Write what time you are coming so that we can send for you- You can bring your girl right here if you wish, unless Mrs. Sawyer needs her. I intended to have spoken to her about that. Edgar, Willie Bryant is home on furlough. Quartermaster in a Col'd. Regt. [William C. Bryant was born circa 1840 at New York. He was listed in the 1860 federal census as a law student residing with Daniel B. Barnes in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. William enlisted at Oshkosh on Apr. 21, 1861 in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal in January 1862, Sergeant on January 1, 1863 and then 1st Sergeant in that company. William was severely wounded in the leg and was taken prisoner on Aug. 28, 1862 at Gainesville. He was discharged on December 8, 1863 to become Lieutenant and acting commander, later Captain in the 19th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops.] I rec'd a letter Saturday from Mrs. Pierce who is married again to Mr. McIntosh, a lawyer in Vernon, whom she has known for years. Inquired much about you etc. but I will not distress you any longer but with love and good wishes from all the family to you both I am as ever your Afft. Mother [Written along side of page 1] Your Father and myself rode to church yesterday with old [illegible] in our cutter & Henry & Aunt M in the other. Was not that nice? [Written along side of page 4] Harriet Granger & Martha Renfield were expected at Milwaukee to spend a few days. M. A Jewell
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