From Jerome to Allie, August 15, 1859

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From Jerome to Allie, August 15, 1859


Peirce, Jerome
Charlestown, MA.


From Jerome to Allie


Jerome Peirce


Jerome Peirce Collection, National Park Service


HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington




NPS, Civil War Study Group, Ben Raterman (Transcriber)


For educational purposes with no commercial use. Courtesy of National Park Service, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, FRSP 16095-16102 (FRSP-00904).








Letter #240


Location not indicated. Postmark is Charlestown, MA.

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Monday eve, 15 Aug 1859

I suppose my little wife is abed and “fast asleep” but as I promised I will write and I feel very willing to promise aside for it is very still here in the dining room and the clock will soon strike ten, but not very sleepy.
The day has been quite full of incident and news. Found the usual company at the depot. Took a seat with “Isaac” who appeared about as usual. We parted at the depot with “hopes to meet again”.
The first thing was a great fire at Lawrence! Hotel, Court House, stores, two churches, etc. etc!!— burnt, etc. etc., then ditto the Reform School at Westboro. Set on fire by a boy, etc., arrested, etc.
Arrived the store, found a letter from Lucy written from Quebec, Canada which I haven’t fairly made out yet save that they have been at Saratoga, Lake Champlain, Montreal, etc. to Q[uebec] to return via White Mountains to Portland to be at home middle of this week. All well, seen many fine sights etc. Sends love to everybody.
Been busy today. Saw Ellen P. with her cousins from Worcester. Jose[phine?] and Martha Walker- very fine looking young ladies- with Lucy Bowen (Addie visiting L’s [T’s?]). John P. and I weighed them. Lucy B. the heaviest, 120 lbs, just my weight. Ellen inquired particularly after you and mentioned the intended visit again but the cousins may delay it again. I made little answer to it for then. They expect you to visit them.
Found all right at Mrs. R’s. Seemed glad to see me and inquired very kindly after you.
Saw Annie at noon. Mrs. Stubbert been in. All well but a little trouble to Aunt W. from her teeth. Nothing very serious.
No news at the shop. (Lottie’s I mean now) everything seemed all right.
Have spent most of the eve at Mr. J’s. All well. Janet looks nicely. Chatted with Geo[rge] about Navy Yard matters.
Called at the Hall’s. Little Fred been very sick with bowel complaint. Did not expect him to live but some better, very thin and fretty.
Pity Mrs H. Seems grieved tonight. No news from Gussy for a month. Sent much love to you.
The “Issabella” has arrived at Melbourn [don’t know what place he is referring to here]. Don’t know whether there are letters from Mrs. Sargent or not. Mr. Brown not expected home for a fortnight yet and didn’t think to inquire of Foster.
Went into the church this eve before tea. Saw Mr. E. Told him of meeting Mr. Darr.[?] Spoke highly of him. Said he was one of Dr. Youngs boys, an old mate of his, etc. The church is fast changing appearances.
Things at the store in my room-quiet-but shall keep along. There seems to be customers aplenty and prospect of a busy time by and by.
Snow[? short for someone’s name?] not well today. Mr. J. and I the only ones to work this P.M. He mailed the letter in C_ Friday eve. Too late of course.
Mrs. Frost fails, recovery very doubtful. A large abscess in the eye and discharging continually. She is unconscious most of the time.
There, Allie dear, isn’t this newsy? How have you all been today? May you sleep sweetly and dream of any one you would like too!
Give much love to all, not forgetting yourself. Am well. Expect to be at D. tomorrow eve.
Yours wholly,

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Jerome Peirce 1859, From Jerome to Allie, August 15, 1859, HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington


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