New Paltz Dec. 18th 1863
Miss Rachel Eltinge
I received a letter
from you on Wednesday evening, with
your Mother likeness inclosed [sic].
The picture gives entire satisfaction
& I enclosed it with one of mine to
Nathaniel Bruyn to fulfill a promise
made while at his house.
You may, if you have not already done
so, have the order filled after that pat-
tern, & tell the artist to preserve the
negative (if that is the proper name) as we may
want a large number, & also exchange
those we have is possible.
We have butchered this week & will
get all finished up this evening.
The next job will be baking etc. for
Mr. Stitts Donation which will come
off on Wednesday 30th Inst.
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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