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Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167

Cedarburg, Washington County (Wis)/ November 21, 1851,   pp. [1]-7 PDF (2.4 MB)

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Cedarburg, Washington County (Wis)
November 21, 1851.
My dear precious Carl:
 Do not take it amiss that I am so tardy in answering your
 last letter, because I am convalescing, and am still quite weak
 as you can see from my bad and shaky writing.   I received your
 good letter three or four weeks ago and had it in the house at
 least eight days before I opened it, because the physician who
 happened to be there when I received it forbade my reading it,
 because he noticed that it excited me greatly.  So I had to languish for
eight days befure I could give myself permission to
 open it.
       I have been sick abed for twelve or thirteen weeks, first
 with gall fever which attacked my nerves so that my doctor, as I
            learned later, had given me up.  AnQ in the end I had the ague.
 I am again quite well, but I must be very careful of myself so
      that I will not have a relapse.
        I am sorry and angry to learn from your letter that you have
 not yet received news from me, and this grieves me so much more
      because you may think that this is due to pure neglect On my part;
 an evil star seems to reign over my letters.   Your conjecture
      regarding the franking of the letter appears to me to be the only
 possible reason why my letter did not reach you.
 There is now a regulation which provides that all letters
 sent to Germany by steamer must be prepaid to the European border.
      Now we sit here in the West and get mail after it has been detained
in Washington.  I have franked my letters, because I was of the opinion
      that they would surely reach you.  Your___________ letter, I did not

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