New Paltz Jan 7th 1864
Miss Rachel Eltinge
My Dear Daughter.
I was very much
mortified at the thought of having forgotten
to put my Buffalo Robe in the Mail Sleigh
for your comfort as I promised. I saw the
driver in the evening & he said he
had a robe in the Sleigh & you got through
quite comfortably. You did well to go when
you did, as the weather has been much
colder since, & you were there for school on
Wednesday morning free from the excitement
attending a hurried trip through the cold.
I find you forgot to take your bottle of
medicated wine with you. Dr. Gerow has
prepared something for you to take & we
will send those with clothing & c. the first
opportunity. I saw Sarah Wedne Tuesday
evening & she said they would go to Po'keepsie
shortly. Elizabeth is better. At the time you left
I feared she was in a critical condition, but
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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