Wisconsin territorial letters--1846
Wisconsin territorial letters--1846
1846, Oct. 20. John A. Eastman, Fond du Lac, to Miss Frances A. Eastman, Strong, Maine. Hard work has reduced his weight form 170 pounds to 148 pounds. Asks for Franc's daguerreotype, to see what change three years have made. Changes in Fund du Lac. Busy. Is Postmaster there. Have nine mails a week. A.L.S. 3pp.
1846, June 15. L. B. Enos, Portage Prairie, to his sister Nancy Enos, South Richland, New York. Describes the town and a few of the inhabitants in some detail. A.L.S. 3pp.
1846, July 13. William Perry Dolber, Manitowoc, to Mrs. Zebina Cushman, Ripton, Vermont. Arrived May 8. Works for $14 a month "as long as I am a mind to stay." An 800 foot pier has been built and settlers are expected to land here. Neighborhood news. A.L.S. 3pp.
1846, Oct. 6. William J. Hunt, Racine, to William Jessup Sons, New York. Encloses $150. If the [reel?] does not come before the close of navigation, it will be a grievous injury to him. A.L.S. 1p.
1846, Dec. 30. Lewis Raymond, Milwaukee, to Rev. B[enjamin] M. Hill, New York. Report of work done under the appointment of the American Baptist Home Missionary Society for the quarter ending January 1, 1846 [1847?]. Report brief because he and his wife were afflicted with the "prevailing sickness." Revivals for the winter look promising, but poor health prevents his taking part. A.L.S. 3pp.
1846, Mar. 24. S. A. Perkins, Racine, to brother Barnabus Perkins, New Haven. Benjamin dead of inflammatory rheumatism. Rev. C. F. LeFevre officiated at the funeral. George and his wife living in town where George is making threshing machines. Painting window curtains, but not making much money. A.L.S. 2pp.
1846, Oct. 26. L. B. Enos, Waushara, to his sister Julia Enos, South Richland, New York. Has been well though sickness surrounds him. Most people have the ague with some cases of bilious fever. Plenty of government land yet, but doubts if there will be any left by spring. Corn is good. Sells at 25 cents a bushel, wheat 50 cents a bushel, beef $3 to $4 a hundred pounds. Prairies are burning, a beautiful sight. A.L.S. 2pp.
1846, Jan. 5. L. B. Enos, Fox Lake [Waushara], to his father David Enos, South Richland, New York. New land is being settled rapidly by peoples from many countries. Is enthusiastic about the great opportunities offered in the new territory. Gives some family and local news. A.L.S. 3pp.
1846, Apr. 10. Luke Cheseboro, Janesville, to his uncle Cyrus Williams, New Haven. Has made seven trips, 800 to 900 miles, to Lake Michigan by ox team this winter, hauling wheat at 15 cents per bushel and carting and bringing back lumber for $5 per thousand, besides drawing all the family' s firewood five miles and going to the mill. Finished breaking land and sowed seventy acres of wheat last fall, and ten acres of oats. Details of controversy with Thomas ---------. Family news. A.L.S. 4pp.
1846, July 1. Lewis Raymond, Milwaukee, to Rev. B[enjamin] M. Hill, Baptist Home Missionary Society, New York. Report for the quarter ending July 1, 1846. Delivered 48 sermons, attended 21 prayer meetings, baptized 6, attended 5 funerals, and solemnized 2 marriages. Includes some details concerning finances, membership, and government of the church. Slavery question is troublesome. If the board will forward $100., they will do the greatest kindness.
1846, Feb. 16. Jeremiah Porter, Green Bay, to his father Dr. William Porter, Hadley, Massachusetts. Pays filial respects. Remarks on the spring-like weather. Tells of the success of his religious work, and relates some local occurrences. A.L.S. 4pp.
1846, July 13. Joel W. Fish, Geneva, to Rev. Benjamin M. Hill, Baptist Home Missionary Society, New York. Report for the quarter ending July 1, 1846. His people [parishioners] have paid nothing during the quarter for missions, Bible publication, or educational societies. Asks that his salary be forwarded. A.L.S. 2pp.
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