Po'keepsie Jan 12th/64
My Dear Father,
Ruly has just been
here, and brought me a bill, which
was missent [sic]. Sent to Roelif Eltinge
Po'keepsie instead of Roelif Eltinge
New Paltz. I suppose Ruly thought he had
not pocket money enough to pay
that little sum. It is not as much
as Mary Romers, which amounts to
more than one hundred dollars. I
did not know before tonight how
much I was paying for board.
I really think it is too much. Some
times, I think perhaps I had bet-
ter stop going to school at the end
of this term, and would ask to do
so if it was not for my music.
As you know, I have finished
alger arithmetic, and will finish
10 cts -- Mixed candies
10 cts-- Burnt Almonds
2 lbs Crackers.
Roelif Eltinge Esq.
Envelope to: Roelif Eltinge Esq. From: Poughkeepsie Female Academy
Po'keepsie Rev. D. G. Wright M.A. Principal
N. Y. Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
Postmarked: Dec 30 Poughkeepsie
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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