Letter from Willis E. Van Riper to "Dear Brother"
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Brownstowns Huron Station Monday, April the 10
Dear brother now take my pen in my hand to let you know that we are all well at present and hope that these fiew lines will find you injoying the same good helth but iam a afrade this wont find you injoying good helth for I reseived aleter from Charles stating that you was in the hospitle sick with diahre and he was not very well then.
I was up to the Praria yesterday I found all the folks was all well except Uncle george is about sick with abad cold and I went out on the Praria about four miles to church to the school house on the sand hia? just this side of the sa wells there was about three hundred to church and out of three hundred there was only six that was babtised five woman and one man one of the hearse girls was babtised and Ema Carson I dont recolect the res of their names I see Trummian Parker out there and spoke to him he asked me about all the boys around here and I told him that you had inlisted and he said he shudent think what you would have inlisted we had a snow storm last knight there was about three inches of snow fell on the ground our Union people dun agrand thing for the town of Brownstown elicted evry republiken ofricer in this town three cheers for the down fall of Richmond in to our Union boys hand three Cheers time three Cheers the Rebel Capatil has fallen what a glorius thing that is I tell you henry it makes every Union hart rejoice here at the North I think the Rebellion is about over may god hasten when our brave nobles Boys may come marching home three Cheers for the union wonder what the old free press thinks of the war now iguess it begins to krumble on its foundation
father got aletter from Aleck last weak and he was all wright when he wrote they had marched over five hundred miles in about two months that is about two month that is a big thing on foot when you and Charles marches chats for you may talk about Soldering but you never will do that for the war is to near over to do that big thing Aleck said that he hoped that you had gone in the Cavrly for it was so much easer to be in the Cavrly Aleck thinks that the war is about over for they can go where they please thats the way old Shurman does he goes where he please tell Charles that I sent him aletter afiew days ago tell Charles that I send my best respects to him and all of the rest of the boys from W.E.V.R to H.A.V.R we thought that it in this case for we was afrade to sendit in aketer you look in marys letter and you will find afive dolar green-back and nine post stamps in this letter i send to you
this is the way that I want you to direct you letters to Huron
Willis E. Vanriper
Huron Station PO
you must not put Browntown on the invelope for the letter will shurly go to flat Rock
So goody-by forth's time
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Van Riper Family Correspondence
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