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Eliza's letter to Henry - August 18 1852

November 25 2014 | News

In today's post we read where Eliza Quitman has not heard from her son, Henry, in weeks, she is most anxious to hear from him.  How not unlike mothers today where we long to hear regularly from our children.

Monmouth Aug. 18th 1852


My dearest Son

                Some weeks ago I wrote to you and have been anxiously looking for a letter from you since, but mine comes.  If you knew how anxious I feel about you in this hot weather and so far from me you would I am sure write.  Your Father has received several letters from you, but that is not the same as writing to me.


How long do you expect to remain down at Live Oaks?  It is very healthy in this region of country.  I suppose you know by this time that your Uncle Henry is to have your sail boat built.  What will you call her?  Uncle Henry seems to have remained in Philadelphia all summer, he is very partial to that City.


Uncle Turner and Mr. McMurran’s party have lately made a visit to Boston and were at last accounts in New Port.  They have enjoyed themselves exceedingly.  I suppose the appearance of the Cholera in different points of the North will alarm them somewhat, it is now in Albany.


What a strange and dreadful disease it is!  Your Sisters are all well.  Yoney, Rose, Lidy & Freddie have now a vacation, which they enjoy very much.


Write soon dearest Henry and often.  Your Sisters send much love to you and I am

        Your truly affectionate Mother



Mr. Jordan has lately received the intelligence of the death of one of his Sisters, of the putrid sore throat.