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


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Dayton O. Nov. 26th 1862 Dear Husband, Your dear letter came this evening, and relieved my mind of fears for your health. I am afraid I cannot see Uncle this evening to ask about the money but will write the rest of my letter this evening and try to see him before the mail leaves in the morning. Mother handed me $35.00 and some cents beside; but I think I shall need that to fix the children to leave with Mother; I expect too to get my dress made here. The children are all coughing badly. Sella has been worse than the rest, till today, when Frank had to give up and go to bed. I sent for Dr. W. - he thinks it is neither whooping cough nor measles. I hope not certainly, for I fear we should not see each other soon if they should have either disease. We spent yesterday with Mrs. Brady and expected to go to Eliza tomorrow but the children cannot go out, possibly I may take dinner with her and return early. While absent yesterday I had some ten or twelve calls; among them was Emily Price, who came again today as she said she was going home on Saturday and feared she should not see me. She is looking very well and has been living with some family in New York state as governess and humble friend, for the last eighteen months. She is now going to stay with Stanley Matthew's family during his absence in the War. Poor Harriet Haynes died last week leaving an infant two or three days old. She was very happy in her marriage. Sally Crane and Jane Schenck were here this evening; Joe has been made a Lieutenant Colonel lately, but I don't know where he is; in Washington I think. Several letters from Howard have been received, but he had got none from home when he last wrote. He was at Lagrange Inn, was still acting as Adjutant but not certain of its being a permanent thing. If it was taken from him he was to be a first Lieutenant of some company in the 63rd. -- Will Comly told Father three days ago that Howard was a 2nd Lieut. and Nesbit C. was Adjutant. Yesterday Nes made his appearance home, having resigned._ Hunter Odlin wrote that Nes got into some difficulty during the Colonel's absence, offered his resignation, and had it accepted. His Father says that he is blind in one eye and not fit for service. I believe this is true, and perhaps a good deal more is also true if we could find it out. Remember me kindly to Emma and tell her I am much obliged for her care of you. This morning Robby told me the tongue of his shoe was not pulled up, while I was changing it, he asked me if the shoe could talk. You know he is always told that he has no tongue when he won't talk. I asked him today if he want to go back to you, and he insisted that he did._ I think some of sending Sella to Mrs. Gregg's school. She is Sallie Thomas's friend you remember, and lost her husband lately. Robert Steele sends Agnes, and from all I can hear and know of her I think it would be the best place for Sella. Mary is at the seminary so little of the time, as yet, that there would be nothing gained by sending her there. I have not made up my mind to leave Frank but am almost afraid to venture home with two children, as Mary and I had our hands full with the three. #Mother and Father charged me with a message of thanks but my paper and time are both exhausted. Mary says you wrote to every body but her, and sends her love. We were quite uneasy about the box, and hope it will soon arrive as it is needed.#



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