United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Forrer, Sarah Hastings Howard--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women


4 pages; incomplete, note from Mary Forrer after Sarah's letter


[Fall 1861] Dear Augusta I will devote this sheet to thee, and the dear little ones, And Luther too, I must not forget him who was so kind as to write early to let me know of your safe arrival, I hope he feels much better, than when he left us, Has he time to studey and improve himself in military matters, as he should? There is so much said about inexperience and ignorant officers, that I am anxious for him, And a friend remarked today that he thought he had much better have left you here, That he needed all the time for study, I merely mention these things that you may think of them, I suppose Luther has done what he thought best in the matter, I was very glad to get dear little Sella's letter, And intend to put it away as the first I ever received from her, And I want her to learn fast, and soon be able to write for herself, and her dear mother too, Rob had a ride, but what did little Frank do, or where did he go, You must not leave him out, I have been at the house every day, since you left, I believe, excepting one day when it rained incessantly, and I thought no one would disturb anything Darst is moving today, And I have put all thy small pots on the upper porch where I can water them, and no one can see no one has bee in but ourselves, The gas man called yesterday, with his bill, Was it not paid? He says there is a bill of $2.10, If it is true, shall I pay it out of the rent, in case I can collect any from Foster? I have not been able to see him yet, but hope to do so before long, I called several times and could find no one, At last I found a young man, who said he is his Foster's brother, I left word for him to call on me, It seems Mrs. F is now, and has been absent for some time, and the house is shut most of the time, And that is why I could find no one, Dear Child I would love to have a letter from thee giving an account of everything agreeable or otherwise, And I know I shall have one, when it is convenient, but do not write till it is quite so, I think from present appearances that we will go to your house this fall, if you still desire it, I think we can all be comfortable there, but if you have change of your minds about it do not hesitate to say so, we will not think hard of you, I feel afraid thee will over exert thyself, and be sick, and I cannot be near thee to assist, Do think of this when thee is tempted to do more than thee ought, We miss the dear children and you all very much, and will be glad to have you with us again, when you think it right, which time I hope is not far distant Dear Gus, Mother has rousted me out of bed to write to Poor Gussy. On reading over her letter I find she has left me nothing to say, so I shall have to make up some stories. I think I hear you say ("not very hard work for Mary") but I assure you I have reformed since you and the children have left, and tell very few stories now. Mother and I went Mart's day before yesterday. They were all well and very anxious to all the particulars from you. Mart and I expect to keep a great running to the Post Office this Fall. Mrs. Holt says "Always send my love to Augusta" Tell Sella and Frank & Robbie Aunt Mary missed them all very much during Fair time. I felt lost all day long without them; you know we had such a pleasant picnic last year. Well! I finished this page, didnt I ? So Goodbye I am going to finish Howard's Letter



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