Letter from Rachel B. Stevens, dated 1862-02-28

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Thomas's eyes are about as well as usual he uses the team almost every day - has drawed a good deal of wood to the village & got a fine pile at the door - Jamie went back 4th day - he thinks the school at Morrisville will fail up if McIllup has the charge -- Fanny's going back, keeps it along this spring - Thomas has hired Horace Steward for six months.

Orlana I expect is stopping at John Willard's - nursing the little son - now about a week old -

Willard, the Editor of the Freeman delivered the twelfth lecture last evening - they have been well sustained and have passed off very satisfactorily I should think - I have not heard any since I went to [F.?] which I regret -

We are very much blocked up with snow & it still keeps coming & blowing.

My health has returned to about the usual standard - Charley's humor troubles him more than common this winter - he is about as tall as James but not near as [underline]wide[/underline] & [underline]thick[/underline]-

Melissa is back at Horaces - Farewell my dear boy - let us hear from thee often - Thy mother

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1862 East Montpelier 28th of 2nd mo.

My dear Willie

Thy cheerful letter, enclosing ten dollars, arrived last evening - I presume that before this time thee has got mine acknowledging the receipt of the other - which I there told thee came the day I sent the one which thee has just answered - I think we are much favoured in having our letters transmittted with so much regularity. Am sorry to hear that Henry is unwell, hope he is not homesick - as I suppose he could not get away, any better than if he was an African slave - [underline]they[/underline] seem to be riding off in great style in Mo. I see by the papers - our yesterday's Boston Journal says that there is talk of an immediate truce - I hope not with Slavery. If any thing has been achieved by this awful

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expenditure of blood & treasure, it will be more than lost, if that foul blot is not effaced - for this I pray -

Uncle Timothy was taken quite suddently ill last first day - he is now confined to the bed - very feeble but does not suffer pain - his old lung difficulty seems to be the trouble - but I hope he will get up again - he is a very pleasant child like old man - & we should miss him very much - Aunt P. & G. are neither of them very well this winter. I think she would be much pleased with a letter from thee - & so would uncle T. no one enquires after my scattered flock, with more interest, than he does - Eben Stevens's wife has been very sick with the pleurisy for a week - she has seemed very much as thy father did, only she has had much more pain - she has not been able to get any good sleep - but she is now thought to be a little better - our little Jane

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has been there a few days - just as kind & good as she always is - but she thinks she must go home first day I suppose to prepare for the 4th of march ball at Hammetts' - it is said that Austin Templeton & Mary are to go to the village on that day & be married & come back to the ball - John Hathaway & Julia Foster - Edwin Foster & Fanny Clark are to stand up with them - Austin Foster & Abby Hamblin, Charles E.T. & Sarah Hamblin are to be of the co. & I do not know who else -

Robinson Tabor is in Montpelier jail - Robinson Moulton sued him for some butter that he sent to him in Boston -

I do not think a great many regret R. T.'s being checked in his pompous career - I have not yet got to feeling much pity for him - his family & friends have had to suffer so much for his bad deeds -

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