New Paltz Dec. 14th 1863
Miss Rachel Eltinge
This is a gloomy kind
of a morning, with rain & mud adfinitum [sic]
Supposing you may be suffering from the effects
I hardly know what to write to cheer you.
I suppose you will be glad to get this after
such long delay & I trust you will have excused
in advance my seeming neglect. I have been
very busy last week, purposed to write on
Saturday evening but could not for want
of paper. I received your letter Saturday,
& was pleased to learn that you are well,
& geting [sic] along pleasantly. Mother wants you
to bring home with you some of the best music
which you practiced at home, that you may
play them during vacation & thus prevent the
entire loss of those good old pieces, & at the
same time have something to please the
Children & old folks. All well at Sol. Deyo’s yet.
Mother has gone after Abby Mullen and
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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