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22 April1861
exact date of 22 of April 1861
day of the month 22 April 1861
calendar day - 04 of April year - 1861
month of Aprildecade of the 1860s.
1800s century

To: Mr. Aaron Work
Middlebury, Elkhart County, Indiana.

From: Isaac Work,
Hillsdale, Michigan.

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Hillsdale, Apr 22 1861

Dear Friends,

I supposed you are very much concerned about national affairs but never the less I will send you a few lines at this time of excitement and I trust you will be glad to hear from me for I would like to hear from you. Of all the time I ever seen in my life we have the most exciting times here now.
Its nothing but war, war, war from morning until night. Everything here seems to reflect what is going on with the war. There is a company made up in town and one at the college. I have had a great many invitation to join but have deferred as yet and the company are full so there is no chance for me but if I join I will go from home to enlist so you will come before I go.

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Mr Hopkins has enlisted and will start home tomorrow and I propose sending this with him. I have just come home from the office for I did think that I would get a letter but was much disappointed indeed. For I wanted to know was there any before commencing this.

I am tired for I have been to work today. We got up at daylight and went chopping and chopped two hours until breakfast and while we were there the man that we were working for cam and told us that he wanted us to pick up stone for him today. So we went and worked 10 hours for him at 10 cents per hour. We dug out and loaded 225 loads of stone and consequently I am very tired. William has just come home from the Literary Society and says it was all war and freedom of Sambo.

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A great many of the students have left and many more are going to leave on account of the war. Mr & Mrs Hopkins and Charles Walker and I don't know but I think Charles Mathess will go to(o) and other are going. I don't know whether we will stay until the term is out or not. When there is so much to think about we cannot learn as much as I would like to. Write soon and tell me what to do and if you think I had better stay, send me $500 and if I need it I will have it and if not I can save it. Tell us how the national matters are in your part of the country. What side you will all take and who has enlisted to go to war.

Write soon, Isaac Work.

It is now 10 o'clock and I must go to bed, good night to all.

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