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Letter signed John and Sally Kesterson, State of California, to their brother Joseph Kesterson and their sister Margaret Kesterson, March 7, 1864

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Identifier: D05472

Title: Letter signed John and Sally Kesterson, State of California, to their brother Joseph Kesterson and their sister Margaret Kesterson, March 7, 1864


Relates war and family news.

Transcription: State of California March 7th 1864

Dear Joseph it has been some time scince we have writen to you we are all well at present and we thank the Lord for it we are sorrow to hear that you are offlisted so we hope that you will get well yet and go home to to you family the Last letter that we got from you you said the talk was that you was agoing to be moved to St. Louicas[St. Louis] we got a Letter from home a month ago things is turned around so since we left that we would not know the place Joseph you talk of the time flies fast with you I should think that the time would go by sloly when you was not very well and away from home we have not had enny rain this winter worth nameing and no grain is come up yet nor no grass but A verry little stock is a dying throuh the south part of the country and they all will die if it dont rain pretty son Henry Helm is dead his wife never had enny children if you get to St. Lousa[St. Louis] you write to us and let us no how you are getting along war is a tereable thing it destroys Life health and property and taks the father away from his helpless Family Joseph I understand you have a half Brother your Father said that it was a smart little fellow well Joseph I have not much to write this time I have a bad pen and cant half write but perhaps you can read it rite soon as those Lines come to hand John and Sally Kesterson to thire Brother Joseph Kesterson

Dear Margret and Children all I wish that I could see you but that looks as if we never will for there is so meny miles between us Margret I should think that you would feel Lonesome without Joseph he said that too of your children has died scince he left home war is a hard thing I often think of you what a hard time you see alone with the children and when they tak sick no Father is nigh to help you to watch over them it looks hard but he may yet come back to you all he wrote to us he told us to vite to you and send a Letter to him and you would send it to him when you write a Letter put this inside of your letter and send it to Joseph you can cut his part if you chose and if you dont send it all

Marget you must writ to us and tell me some of your ups and downs tell me what has become of your sister susan harlow direcet your letter to the Salona hous Cal farewell

John and Sally to thire sister

Margret Kesterson

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-03-07

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kesterson, Sally

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865


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