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Rachel Stanton/Searles Family Papers - MS 597 mf: Transcripts
East Windsor [Mich.?]
April 17, 1865
As I have a few moments of time, I will spend it in writing a few lines to you to let you know that we are on the land of the living yet. We received you kind and wellcome letter and was glad to hear from you to hear that you were all well, which is the greatest earthly blessing that we can ask for. But sickness is in our family now. Father is not able to sit up any. He was taken with a sudden cold, which settled on his lungs. We have sent after the doctor, but he has not come yet. He said that I must answer your letter, for he could not write nor he didn't think he ever should write another letter. He has got it in his head that he is never agoing to get up again. It has got such a fast hold on his lungs and he being so weak, that if there should anything else set in, it would take him off. I have just got so I can get around a little again. I was taken with a hard cold and it settled on my lungs and I suffered with it for two weeks and then father went after the doctor. He gave me medicine, so that I am about again, but it has left me with a terrible cough. I don't know when I shall get over that, but I would not mind that if father was only well. Before I could get so I could do anything, father was taken down.
The draft made a clean sweep through this neighborhood. It took one uncle and one cousin of mine, John Hethorn and Asa Searls. Asa passed examination and is now in the barracks at Jackson [Mich.?]. Some think they will not have to go out of the state. I hope not, but only just how many there is that are rejoicing over our presidents death but it is all that the poor copperheads know.
Well uncle, I shall have to close as I am getting tired. I guess I have written all of the news at the present. Write when you get this. Give my best respects to all inquiring friends, if I have any there. Tell Mary I cannot answer her letter at the present, but tell her not to wait for me to write, but write as often as she can. When we all get well I shall have a better chance to write. I expect to go to Lansing tomorrow. If I should, I shall mail this letter there.
I will close, hoping to hear from you soon. Excuse poor pen and poor paper, for it is the best I have got now. We would be happy to see you out here to make us a visit this summer. So good night. Mary E. Searls.
December 31, 1866
Elbridge G. Searls, Esq.
As soon as you can, will you please come out and bring the discharge of your son Addison.
We shall also need some additional evidence in the declaration.
We received the papers forwarded at Morenci, but upon examination find that it will need a little addional matter and can only be obtained by your personal presence.
Please attend as soon as convenient and we will not detain you long and oblige.
May 18, 1877
After all dues demands:
200 hundred dollars to be put at interest for the benifit of the Baptist church in North Lansing. The interest to be paid anualy towards the support of a Baptist Pastor so long as it shall continue to be a regular Baptist Church.
50 dollars to the forin missionary union
25 dollars to the home mishiniary union
25 dollars to the Hamliton Theological Seminary
25 dollars to the Baptist state convention
25 dollars to my niece Rachel Alvord
All residues to be eaquely divided between my sisters and four brothers
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