Letter:FAWCETT, Henrietta to Charles Henry Gauss - 1866-07-30
|From||FAWCETT, Henrietta (1817 - 1909)|
|To||GAUSS, Charles Henry (1845 - 1913)|
|Date:||30 Jul 1866|
|Collection||Minna Gauss Reeves collection|
To: Mr Chs. H. Gauss, Macon City
Postmark: Jul 31 North Missouri
St. Charles, Mo., Monday July 30th 1866
Your letter came to hand last Saturday, -- it was quite a relief to us all, to learn that your long ride, and the heat, had not made you sick -- the weather has been so intensely hot since you left, that your Father and I have been uneasy about you.--- one day last week there were six men died from the effects of the heat in the prarie[sic] -- most of them were at work in harvest fields, and very probably had been using liquor. In one of the papers, your Father saw a statement, made by your old Proffessor[sic] Loomis that the heat had been greater in New Haven, this month, than it had been for eighty years.
I hope you will like the Engineer, if he has red hair -- The party you pointed out to Theodore made rather an unfavorable impression on him. I am surprised that you find no one to get acquainted with, I thought that Macon City was quite a large town. Do you know that Dick Overall is in business there? I think he has a dry goods store. Mr. Bowen is with us again -- he came up friday evening -- he preached on Saturday and Sunday, and will remain with us until the latter part of the week -- he saw Dr. Anderson in the city, and says the Dr. inquired for you. Why do you not get your letter from Mr. Carrol's church -- I am afraid that church will have to be closed, now that Mr. Hallock is gone.
Miss Florence came over two days after you left, and carried off your photograph -- I did not want her to take it until she would give me hers, but she said hers had just been taken that afternoon and were not ready yet --- I think the beaux must be rather careless, over there, for miss Florence and Mattie both asked Tate to go with them to the methodist church last night -- Tate went and found Captain Johnson there -- Mattie said she was very glad to have Tate, for she dislikes to be dependent upon Florence's beaux.
Mr Alfred johns' health continues to improve, therefore I think they will not go farther north.
Dr. Johnson, the one who lived on Mr. Watson's place below St. Charles, died the day before yesterday of congestion of the brain -- there is a report that Willie Yosti is very ill at St. Paul -- all join me in love to you -- do take good care of yourself, and write as often as you can.
There is a package here from Columbia, which Father will send by express.
Source:Handwritten original in the private collection of the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, February 6, 2000.