Letter from Mark and Phebe Chase to "Dear Nephew," April 23, 1865
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Ash Town April 23 65 Dear Nephew
It is with great pleasure that I sit down to pen a few lines in answer to your kind letter that I received some time ago and would have writ[t]en to you before but we had no paper on hand and we live some distance from the store the bridge a cross swan creek is gone and it makes it quite inconvenient to get to the Rock so I had to wait some time before I could get paper but I will try and do better for the time to come we are all well at present but George he has been quite sick with a cold on his lungs but he is getting better we was there last Thursday we had very good news about Richmon[d] and Petersburg being taken but sad news has occurred since from Richmond the death of the President and secretary Steward they was killed last knight [night] at Richmond to a [festival] I su[p]pose you have heard of it before now we feel it very much every thing was going to show that this war was nearly played out and I hope it still will be and then you all can come home and see your friends again we think of you boys very often I was up to Detroit a week ago last Wednesday the folks their [there] was all well but the old lady and she is on the gain Uncle William has gone back to Philadelphia and from their [there] I su[p]pose he will go to his [regiment] Henry do you [k]now anything about George Brown the news came here that he died in the hospital sarahs mother wanted I should write to you for hur [her] a few lines to see if you [k]new anything about his death and if you do state all the [particulars] about George it has been in the papers that there was a brown died out of your regiment Sarah is almost crazy about him Henry and Charles I cant think of any more to write that would be interesting to you for what little I have [tried] to write will weary your patience I still remain your true and loving Uncle your Aunt Phebe wants to write a few words to you boys so I will close good by.
Dear Nephew I will endeavor to write a few lines to you although I hardly know what to write but if you was here I could think of enough to say to you but that cannot be yet awhile. Orson Smith has been very sick in the Hospital at Jackson but is getting better now I suppose of course you know that he enlisted in your regiment. I suppose that Lincoln is buried today the stores are all closed in Monroe they have done no business there since they heard of his death well Henry I cannot scribble any more this morning if you can read this you will do well tell Charles we be glad to get a letter from him and you write to us often as you can from your uncle and auntMark and Phebe Chase
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