United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Augusta Forrer--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women


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Dayton Ohio, April 29th 1864 Dear Luther, Since receiving your letter of the 24th. Father went to see *Mr. Adlier*, he was not at home; but came over on hearing of Father's call. He has very kindly promised to write two letters, one to Sec. Stanton enclosed in a private one to Mr. Chase; this course they decided upon in preference to sending one to you, as your movements are uncertain. Uncle John said neither *Conover* or Craighead had ever said a word to him, but that he meant to say something to the latter this very evening. - This is all I can do so I'll try *It* passes my soul in patience and let the future take care of itself, which is the doctrine you preach to me on all occasions. - The money (excepting the $20 which is safe) does not appear. Robert, I think has not returned, so he may be able to help you yet, and also cash the payroll. April 29th/64 Ally was not concerned in that affair that I know of, still he may have been, for it is said that new forgeries are constantly making their appearance. I think there must be a gang with which he is associated, either dishonestly or as a dupe, I fear the former is the *true* connection. The town is all astir with the call for the National Guards. Much inconvenience from loss of hands and clerks arises, but I have as yet heard of no grumbling. *Fern* *loses* Mr. Butterfield, and has asked for Albert Gardner in his place, but I didn't know whether he can be spared from home or not. I hope *Finch* Christian can find a clerkship such as he can fill in this coming three months, for he needs it badly. *Iva Rennedy* must go. Father was planting something, *onions* I believe today, and took the boys with him to the Hill, I went out with Henrietta and spent a very pleasant afternoon with Lib in her garden. - I had little to write to you as I sent a letter today, but wished to tell you what Father had done, and let you see that we were neither idle nor neglectful of your wishes. - The roses and vines have not come. - I feared all our grapevines were killed but an examination today *saw* that the one on the South of the porch is not, so the rest may not be either. We are at work still on the front-yard and hope it will look nicely, if you can visit us this summer. I thank you for *keepasing* the envelopes that you may *improve* any opportunity to write to me. Thine novels only may be the most precious letter I shall ever receive from you, coming in the days of trial that await us. I dare not think of them beforehand. God gives us all great strength to endure! Could I know now that you would escape safely, I would be glad to have you in a victorious struggle, but the uncertainty is terrible. - Howard seems to be in the midst of alarms too, so our eyes are kept busily awaiting you both. This is a scrappy letter truly, but will have to go as it is; Loving kisses should go with it could they be carried. Thine dearly, Augusta



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