New Paltz, Sept. 14th 1863
Miss Rachel Eltinge
My Dear Daughter,
I saw Roelif yesterday
& he told me of the change in your room
mates, which, from what you told me before
I left you, I suppose was not agreeable.
I told Roelif this morning to tell you to
look upon the bright side of things. in the
case of your new companions, in the first
place try to be as agreeable as you can
& make them feel that you are worthy
of their esteem, & that you wish to make
them happy as far as you can. They may,
as well as yourself, be thinking of a pleas-
ant home they have left, & not be in the
humor - to play the agreeable for the first
few days. It very often happens that
those who appear cold & distant at first
become the most true & valuable friends.
Rachel Eltinge, born April 8, 1847, was one of the six children of Roelif Eltinge (1809-1884) and Blandina LeFevre (1812-1875). Rachel attended the Poughkeepsie Female Academy and went on to marry Solomon DuBois (1839-1924) on November 11, 1875. The couple had four children. Solomon DuBois was known for his fruit farms in Modena and New Paltz, and for raising Holstein-Fresian cattle that he acquired from Holland. These letters are part of the Solomon DuBois and Rachel Eltinge Family Papers (1812-1944).
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