The Fassett Lettters - Letter #95
sheet of cream, lined paper folded to form four 7¼ x
Date: May 13
& 18, 1862
From: Harris H.
To: Mrs. C.H. Fassett
Mrs C H
indefinite period of time and our lives have been graciously spared
since that time and no doubt we also have our full share of earthly
happiness for in such a changeful world as this we cannot look for all
bliss and each one has their own skeleton to pack through life, many of
us envying another who seems most happy and blest but whose burthen may
be really much greater than our own, and if we were only in their
situation we might faint by the way. As I look around the world and see
so many people that are apparently much heavier tasked than me I feel
that, that I cannot do with what they have to undergo I should
certainly give up. Yet each year I find more to bear and a better
strength to carry it out. And so I conclude “sufficient unto
the day &c,” “Act well your
part,” and I will try to do it.
ago to day and I was with you at Granville
preparing to leave for
I was too tired to write more on last sunday evening and so retired.
Yesterday was Fathers Birthday if I remember right I hope he was well.
My one year was up last Thursday since I left home how many more will
intervene I can not tell but I hope you one and all will write me often
and tell me all the news. I have not received but one letter since
February from any of you presume you have written but that your letters
are detained in the Overland route hope they will come in some time,
until that is resumed think you had better write by Steamer one leaves
New York now every week and you will have no excuse for a sure
conveyance. we have been all this spring fixing up our store have got
nearly done and trade is brisking up considerable. we shall try and do
our part to carry on the business of the world and make few extra
dollars for our friends. Money in itself is of very little good, but as
an adjunct and assistor of our own family is very necessary and useful.
I have often thought that it was a good thing I was born poor for I am
naturally indolent and without the absolute necessity for exertion
think I never would have done any thing as it is I manage to keep
has been very backward and as
yet we have had no warm weather but to day it looks much more like
summer and people are just beginning to cut hay which is a month later
than any year since I have been in the state.
times lately and if you
do not get my letters I
shall be sorry for it is a good deal of a task to write when you are
pretty certain your letters may never arrive as has been the case this
last winter. Have you had much sleighing this last winter and has your
health been good, is Mary also getting well it seems as if our family
were all bound to have their share of sickness as well as fun. John I
hope is getting along finely with the Farming and that he will write me
more often than he has the past year tell him I would like to have
him write me a history of his 3 months soldiering and tell me how all
the young men of my acquaintance who went and have now gone soldiering
along &c, and what Regiments they are in so I can watch their
movements. It seems as if this season ought to close this suicidal war
and Jeff Davis &co be hung (pro bono publico) or by the neck.
some how or rather it does seem to me as if you could write as good
long a letter as any body, will you not sit down and write one to your
son. I hear from Trumans family quite often and they all send abundance
of love to you. T- says he would give almost anything to see you all
and talk over old times. I expect Julia will be down and make us a
visit this summer and then I will write you more fully about them.
Lewis’s wife had a Boy. Julia says the prettiest one she ever
saw. Remember me particularly to Uncle and Aunt Fassett I mean to write
them soon as I get time for really we are all very busy and can only
write Sunday evenings. Tell Kate she owes me a letter and I am waiting
for it Remember me to Dr Dalton and family tell Em I’ve her
pin cushion yet but never the letter has she written me since I left
and I am waiting for one. And now Mary owes me a letter and how is
Harry he’s in my debt one also. Willie how are you. with love
to all and I do not forget Amanda either or Ella & Franks. I
remain Your Aff Son
vertically along the upper right
corner of the first page.
I’ll give them
upside down along the top
of the first page.
Can you tell me anything
of Alma & Alfred Munson
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