New Paltz Oct. 4th 1863
Miss Rachel Eltinge
here this afternoon & said he would
return to Po’keepsie early in
the morning; & I embrace the oppor-
tunity to send you a few lines
with the bag of apples & chestnuts [sic];
for the delivery of which I hope you
will not neglect to thank your
We are all well. I saw Elizabeth, Sarah
Maria & all their children today,
all well. You will get a letter tomorrow
from Sarah & Mary Lefever Jointly.
The children from the different Sabbath
schools filled the body of the Church to=
-day, & common people had to get seats where
they best could. Mr. Stitt, (who by the way,
is not going to leave us) gave as usual an
neither rides not parties can
disturb, nor young men make
Jack at a Pinch, unless it might
happen during vacation.
I hope you have no difficulty
in getting your lessons, & make it
a point to avoid getting black &
marks, I expect to attend
examination & to feel elated
on hearing read a favorable
report for the member from
the Five Nations.
When you find you can master
your lessons with ease, I shall
expect frequent epistles from
you, but for the present will
excuse you. It is growing dark
so that I could not see the lines if
there were any, which I think
there are none on this page. Adieu
Yours Respectfully Roelif Eltinge
(on side of page 4)
Bad pen & ink &c. I spelled one word wrong
from which take warning to be careful abut
miss Spelling R. E.
Envelope to: Miss Rachel Eltinge
Re favor of Roelif Eltinge Jr. Po’keepsie
Postmarked: Oct 6th /1863
Roelif Eltinge (1809-1884) was the husband of Blandina LeFevre (1812-1875) and father of Rachel Eltinge (1847-1921). He had six children with Blandina: Josiah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Maria, Margaret and Rachel (the youngest). Roelif's correspondence with Rachel and family photographs can be seen in the "School Letter of Rachel Eltinge" exhibit.
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