Poughkeepsie Jan 29th
My Dear Father,
Your letter was
received last evening, and was,
as all the others have been, very,
welcome. I have been expecting
Sol. and Sarah, all the week. Why
have they not been? I think there
is no danger, of me getting the
disease, which is going through the
school, and if I do it is not
a very dangerous one. Several of
the girls have got along, without
a doctor. The money was all safe
in the letter; I think I will go
and see about my teeth tomor-
row morning. I hope Sarah will
be over, to go with me. Mary Eltinge’s
sister, Hellen Tabor, wants me to go
with her, to the Gregory house, to
worry any about the sore throat for
I dont [sic] think there is any danger of
me getting it now. Come tuesday or
as soon after as possible. I will be
ready any time after tuesday three oclock.
I suppose you notice, I changed the
day above. I had an idea the term
closed wednesday, but I just learned
from one of the teachers, that it closes
tuesday, and the new term commences
wednesday. I dont [sic] care any thing about
the lecture tuesday night any way, so
you need not let that hinder you from
coming after me if you can as well come as
Your loving Daughter
Envelope To Roelif Eltinge Esq.
Postmarked Jan 30 1864 Poughkeepsie N. Y.
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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