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Sarah V. Elder Dicken Papers: Transcripts - MS 997
March Friday 8th 1861
I hope you are angry at me for neglecting you so long. I have thoght of you all so much since you left here. Yur kindness to me when I was sick I will never forget. Well Sallie there has been many little changes since you left but none of very great importance. There are about the same number of young people and more in the same that they did when you was here. Parties have been few not near so many as there was when you was here. The onley weating since you left is King Willson to Hannah Dickenson. They wer married a bout two months ago. Tell Em that little Dillworth is single [illegible] as for Eve between Able and Mat Campble she gets a beau once and a while. Rachel hasen come onto the carpet yet. Robert Ace waits on Ann Bowman. It is rumored that they are ingaged. Flower Depy comes over to see Allen sometimes and I suppose he returns the visit. Tomie Kirkwood sparkes Lib Durr and it is reported that they are going to commit matrimony. Don't it beat the dickens. The rest of the girles still shine a lone stars not of sufficient brightness to command a [illegible]. Rube Smith has a sail next wedensday after him and George Startes for their mountain home. Rachel is so glad to go back. James Campbell buries his wife six weeks ago he is keeping house all alone poor fellow how unfortunate he is. Hariet Arner has a young boy the pride of his father it being bestowed up on him in his old age. Martha Dunn is very poorly yet not able to do any thing. Tell Aunt Lizie that Billie is single yet. Poor Rody Thorns cansores are trobling her yet and it is thought she will not live long. Kizzie Kirk parted from her husband twice last summer but is living with him now--I believe that I have talked enough abou the folks and will say something about ourselves. We are living wer you left us. Last summer we milked 24 cows, this summer we talk of having 30. I like making cheese very well it pays better than any thing else we can do. Our little girl is one of the dearest little things you ever saw. She talks most every thing and can sing three tunes all through. I had nearly forgoten to tell that there will be a weeding at our house (praps I mean) the 21st of this month. Med and John Sears have taken a foolish notion to get married and I suppose we will have to let them have their way for they are of age. They will not have any party not any out of the family only Tine and Sallie Perine. They say that they will impose themselves on us the next if they do I will make a pot of musk for them--We have had some fine weather this spring to nice to last long to day the wind is blowing so hard that I am afraid to venture out for fear of being carried off. My Dear Jimmie has got to Warren with a load of corn and I am all a lone. He often speaks of Sallie, and Em ses how he would like to throw Em down. Now girls do answer this soon and tell me how you like the west. What your prospects are and whether Aunt has any widowers smiling on her or if they have proposed. George sed you had a beau now Sallie [illegible] are you a going to teach school this summer. Willie received a leter from Bud the other day and Med opened it before he got home from school. Willie was awful mad about it. I expect him and Bud have some tales to tell you.
Please remember and write to your cousin
March 24th 1861
Cousin it is Sabbath morning and I take my pen in hand to write a fiew lines to you. I arrived safely and have become acquainted with some of the students and find them very sociable but I am not at home nor at Aunt Elizas either.
There are a great many words in the English language and in all various combinations arrangements and significations there none that encircles so vast a range of meaning that thrills the mind with such emotions of pleasure that enraptures the soul with such pure delight that curbs the weaker passions of sense & spurs into action the nobler sentiments of love, than the expression or thought of that little word home. Said I will give you a word of advice that is not to work in pardnership with Em is She beets you as bad as She did before but if you go arrding this summer you must do just as you did when you went with Joshua to Bettsville Em you must stick to Isack like a good girl and do not let the boys go away half sparked like Sade did her Ike. We have a good school here the grades wer read of yesterday and my grade was nine in Arithmatic and Grammer and five in Geography and six in Algebra as far as we have went.
There is but one objection I have to the school and that is they will not allow the students to go with the Laies (Ladies?)
no more at present but if you think those fiew lines worthy of answering please write soon
James H Boor
Westerville April 21th /61
I received your kinde letter and perused it with infinite pleasure it made me think of the many happy hours I spent last summer. I should like to know why Cousin Rachel sent me word that she could get a beaux with out taking ML Snider as you how I am well aware of that fact for I know she has smittened Charly Segrave any how. I declare it woud be ashame if as fair a skined girl as she is could not get a beaux in her own neighborhood. The Citisens of Westerville are in a great mus [?] a bout the war and our school does not amount to mutch now. A great may of the Studens have gone to Washington to fight and I think I would be with them if I had not met with a misfortune I have been so lame that I was a obliged to walk with a cane for two weeks. I have joined a military Company here it is got up as a home gard. but we are ready at any time to fight if we are called upon for active survice. Coz I thank you for you advise and was glad to think that there is one that sympathizes with me in my forlorne condition. I do not sympathize those ladies that receive attention fom their gallants but I do with those that have nun for I know they feel gust as I do. Coz the news are of miner impotance nothing that will be interresting to so I will cose at presant Cousin excuse my bad spelling and writeing as I am a some what excited on account of the great war that is now befor us.
James H Boor
May the 23 1861
it is with the gratest pleasure that I take my pensel in hand to let you know that I am well at present and I hope that those few lines will find you in the same state of health I have a fine time of kooking hear know I and H Shonts we cok for seventeen men and they say that it is a great deal better than the darkeys can doo we can parade as well as any company hear know thare is nothing to write about her onley I want you to think that I have not used partality inn writing to you sooner I have not much time to write sooer but I want you to write and let me know all about the ladies there and I want you to keepe that Isaac away from there and not let him have no more Py for I have nun here oanley pork and Beanes her and a litle Bread and Coffee and read Beaf and that is al. I think a bout know I must close buy saing to you that I want you write soon and then I can write a litle more the next time. we will go aways from here between this time and Monday. yours truley
Joshua H Dicken
to Miss Sarah
Inn the care of Cap
Blackman Co H 21st
Liberty May the 28 1861
Ever anctious to correspond with you I most pleasurably embrace an opportunity which now presents itself of transmitting you a few lines in regard to my present feelings and convictions. I am entirely convinced by the external symptoms of the great part of the people in this neighborhood, that I occupy in their community or society a degree below zero for some unknown cause which I cannot comprehend if I was to meditate & ponder from June to eternity. But I think they have had a desighn to degrade defame deface debauch lampoon & epitomize my standing Maliciously although I may have uttered some contumelious language if I did I can resolutely face any one in it But I will tell you what I think well I think there is some fallacious delusive & deceptive person in this place which delights in the exaggeration of a neighborhood
No more time to express through the medium of the pen my indescribable feelings which I have you know
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