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1 April1862
exact date of 01 of April 1862
day of the month 01 April 1862
calendar day - 04 of April year - 1862
month of Aprildecade of the 1860s.
1800s century


To: John Work
Bremer, Fairfield County, Ohio.


From: Eleanor Bowland, Molly, Elizebeth
Middlebury.



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Sweet Home, April the 1 1862

Esteemed Cousins,

I am seated in the room we sat in on Christmas eve when you were here we are all well except Isabella. She has the measles. Robert has got over them there has been some sickness round here. The measles, sore throat and lung fever are the diseases. Last Thursday, William took Jib and I up to Uncle Alexander. There John and Robert have been very low with the lung fever. They were on the mend the last I heard from them. Jane was here yesterday (that is your Aunt) she said the folks were all well only Polly and she had a bad cold that was all. The rest of the friends are all well, I believe as far as I know. I trust you may read this in good health.

Isaac I received you letter and thought to read it immediately but I was interrupted. I heard some one enter and who was it but Mr John Sherlock Mr John Fitz and Mr Joseph Stemen. I made my way upstairs and finished reading. Miss Lucy was here, she had just come up a while before they came and to night I thought to answer your letter. Miss Lucy came up and I asked her if John was to be here, she said not, but before I commenced writing he was here. They have met here several times unknown to each other or at least Lucy says so now do you not think Providence favors them. I do think it will be God speed. John Fits is no here he has gone to war to kill white men and to free the Negroes, but since he is gone let him go. Now I do not want to hear of any of your Boys going to war. Isaac where were you when John got home. I suppose as Mary is your favorite name there was some sweet Mary kept up that night, now if you are not like to tell where you were please get John to tell me where you were and with whom. Oh John is so serious so much like a Preacher that he will tell the truth. Isaac cousin Robert Bowland left this last Sunday morning





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would like next Saturday night and I would like to have you boys attend.Bring Martha Work with you. It may be this is more than you can make out to read as it is very poorly written. So i will quit my nonsense for such it will appear to you I suppose. Give my love to all inquiring friends. Take a good share to yourself. Write soon.
Yours in truth and friendship. Elena Bowland Summer (Written on line below)
Tell John to write too.
Issac L work

Tell Martha I want her to come and help to move Uncle Jesse into his new house this summer.

Mr. Issac L. Work remembered cousin as (___) in writing to you. I to show a willing mind make an attempt to scribble a line too. Well it is morning and i have nothing to say for she has all the news written last night when i went to bed the (___) and Ellen were writing Pa and Ma were involved Lucy and John in the kitchen saying dear knows what i always bring in bed when the rest goes do not know what people have to say that takes them so long may be you do but when i got up this morning they were not here. John left in the night Lucy in the morning. If they are coming back some more I do not know I will be very apt to see though. I always do speak comfortably to them. Your Uncle Will is here this morning. He and Father are hauling hay. Mother is weaving. Ellen churning. Lib is a teaching. Robert is at school. Isabela in the cradle. I writing so you see we are all busy. Issac i would like to know where you was when John got hom it seems so strange that you should be so late getting to bed. You said it was after 10 when he got home. He had his (___) stabbed got to bed and asleep before you got home. Really astonishing why boy you would be sleepy the next morning. Please tell that preacher not to preach as long. I will tell you my arm is well and as for huggghing black marks or anything else I have pretty much quit. The fact is I never commenced. I must quit for i want to say a word to John. I am afraid if you are a way from the fire you will be pretty cold before you get this read so Good by (Jolly?) to Issac L. Work





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