United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Augusta Forrer--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women
Dayton, O. March 31st 1864 Dear Husband, The "neglected Darling" will make haste to correct a mistake of yours. She was not complaining, for she thinks she has an exceedingly attentive husband. Has no other correspondent so 'prompt'. By the way if you have a more prompt correspondent than I am who is she? Fair question to follow yours! Later - It is nearly eleven, and Mrs. Follett has just left us. Baby threatens me so I doubt my finishing this tonight. *Nannie* is expecting a new corner, I don't know when but Mrs. F says she has had to be in bed a great part of this winter. *Rate* is to be married to *Flamen Ball Jr* of Cincinnati this summer. Don't speak of it. Mother and Mary went to Bryer's to look for a chair for Father, this afternoon, he said he was not doing anything, didn't expect to unless times got better, and had nothing to sell! I asked Uncle John about that bill. He took it said would go and see about furniture and if he said he had more, it would become a money debt, which he should pay or he would sue him. He would just like to sue the knave anyhow. So it is in his hands. I paid for my fence and a little inside work I had to have today. The bill was $19.84, which was smaller than I had feared it would be. The insurance was nearly $65, making with the music bill $92.84 which I paid out of the $111.50 which Mr. *Mirmwick* sent. I have $5.00 left, nearly out of funds but Ogden says he will pay all or nearly all his *unclear* in a day or two, then I hope to pay all the remaining bills. I spent the day with Lib today, it would have been pleasanter if little Mary had been less fretful. On my return I found Eliza and Lidy here. She said they were pretty well at Mr. Brady's but the doctor thought Mrs. Brady out to lie down during a part of the day, which she has not been doing. The washing progressed finely yesterday and my new system works well with Sella. Has less affect in the boys. Little Mary creeps a little and stretches a great deal so that she makes out to reach some things that she ought not to have. Her accomplishment is patting cakes, and we were much amused at her efforts to attract Mrs. Young's attention, a day or two since by displaying her art wherever she turned her head. Father says Robert says, that you had better take the place, if you can get it, even if a low salary, which you can take for what it is worth. Uncle John says he knows of no one to write to but Mrs. *Odlia*, and that he has done; Robert wrote about two dozen but told Mrs. Chase that he could get it if he would and he relied upon him to do it. *Connor?* and *Craig* had not spoken to Uncle on the subject. If you just knew what a confusion I am in, with Billy clearing the *-eth*, the boys rushing round, and besides Mother is holding Baby while I write so I must hasten to say goodbye to my dear good man again begging him not to set his heart on what I fear will be a disappointment and to keep writing the *clear* letters that are so very welcome to. Augusta.
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters, Wellesley College Library, Special Collections