Wednesday Sept 23rd
Having a few spare moments
this recess. I will employ them in
commencing to answer your letter,
or rather, to write to you, for I seen
you sunday [sic]. I arrived here safely
monday [sic] morning, and in time
to get my lessons. I am feeling very well,
and looking forward to the time
when four weeks shall have passed.
Last night we had a surprise
party, here for Mr Wright. Day before
yesterday some of the girls came
hope you will answer it, and
tell me all the news. Tell Lib I
would like to see a letter from her
and hear from that part of the
country once in a while. I think
it would be a good plan for you
and Lib to send Maggie and
Katie to Fathers [sic] to keep them
company and it would do
no harm to go often yourselves.
I must close my letter for it is nearly tea
time. Please excuse blots and writing
Remember me to all inquiring
From your affectionate
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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