Letter from Rachel B. Stevens, dated 1862-09-15

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that aunt P. wanted George to stay from meeting yesterday - as she did not like to be left alone - I think they take faithful care of him - & I sometimes fear aunt P. will give out - but I hope not - Sister Mary remains quite feeble - but says she gains - though I can hardly see it from week to week - I have been to see her about so often - she is cheerful & patient - Melissa is there & is much better in health than she was a few weeks ago - but she does not wish to stay a great while longer & they think [her?] Ladd will claim her - Maggie - the blacksmith's wife's sister is also at work there - Baxter is recovering from the fever that he came home from the war with - & is at work for his board - Charley concluded not to go to school & works there - I think Mary will write to them soon, as she wrote her first letter to Timothy 6th day -

Thomas did not come home from court but one night - Last week till 7th day - he rode down with Diana this morning but got excused at noon till tomorrow morning - as the other panel was engaged in the case before the court today - it seems lonesome to have him gone - Farewell - mother

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East Montpelier 15th of 9th mo 1862

My dear Willie

Thy letter of the 10th is received, we are very glad to hear of thy improved health - but as thy wrist is, I can not see what thee can do in the reg. I supposed thee was competent to drill a co. a year ago - & it seems to me that it would have been easier for thee to have done that, & boarded in the hospital than to run the risk of the common camp - the very name sounds detestable to me - but I hope thee will endeavor to act with prudence & discretion - & take care of thy health as thee would of a precious gift conferred by thy dearest friend - Last 6th day Diana Mosher & her daughter Vesta came to see us - which was pleasant - 7th day James went to the village to see the state house &c with V.

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I am afraid thee will not be able to write to us so often now - but we shall want just as bad to hear from thee - I got a cheerful letter from Henry, with thine - I wish thee could have gone with him, he seems pleased with his circumstances - & is gaining and enjoying himself very well

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& yesterday they went to Horace's - do not think he is smashed - for the old folks laid the plans - which he seemed to submit to, with the utmost cheerfulness - she is a pretty girl, not perfectly easy, perhaps owing to diffidence - they called on Vienna on their way - her hand is conciderably improved, so that she does not keep it wrapped up & uses it some - D. & V. have gone to Morristown & expect to call on their way back - Perley's men seem to skedaddle very rapidly, Caleb Ormsbe, Edson Slayton Eddy Foster & Wilber Templeton have all come home sick - Horace Steward saw George Brown yesterday - his health is good, but he says there is not money enough to induce him to stay there - he did not fancy, as they passed through a place - being called a nigger driver - Sarah Steward has not yet returned - Dexter is better but he is not willing she should come without him & they had not been able to get his discharge when I last heard - The co. is still at the east village - Capt. Lewis Coburn seems

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to be much thought of - he had them drawn up in front of Hammett's [piazza?] and gave them a strong temperance lecture - Michael sitting by - it is said to have had a good effect on them -

Mariah's necessity for using a cane seems to be owing to weakness, induced by her long sickness - she says she is not lame - We have had very changable weather for a month past - it has been oppressively warm & very soon cold enough for frosts - with a good deal of rain - corn is yet much of it quite green - potatoes rotting badly cucumbers scarce as we have had frost every month - Spaffords Catharine is in very poor health & I think suffers very much - Mary does the work & appears to take care of her mother very kindly - Henry goes to school - says Charles keeps a good one - had twenty five scholars the 3rd day - Uncle Timothy is not as well - he is more deranged - so

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Wm. Dean was more unwell before he got home - but was better as soon as he got rested

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My dear Willie

Sis. Mary has written thee so fully that there appears not much left for me to say - it is very pleasant to us to have her get well enough to visit us once more - but she still looks feeble - Last sixth day Melissa went with her Ladd to Waterbury to attend a camp meeting - Henry Miles & wife & Seneca Hazzard & wife went there to H's to dine - & just before dinner Maggie scalded her hand quite badly - Horace went for Carny Gray, but she was sick a bed - having danced all night after a sword presentation to Capt. Coburn - but towards night H. went again & got her - so they [rubbed?] along till first day night when M. returned - Horace's sister is still very sick at John Putnam's - Spaffords

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