1859 Feb. 27
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She insists that Louisa give her more details about the man she wrote about, who is "wealthy, good looking, graduate from Jefferson, and fond of travel." Emma jokes that she is in love.
1859 Oct. 30
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She talks of going to a lecture given by a female Mormon and wonders if men "would be as willing for their wives to have an equal number of husbands." She goes on to discuss the men she has been seeing.
1859 Dec. 25
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She informs Louisa about a good Methodist school that her friends Louise and Mary have been enjoying. She admits to not being interested in marriage, though quickly steers the letter to a different topic. Emma insists that Louisa write back on New Years Day.
1861 Mar. 12
Pamela Floyd writes to her friend Louisa Gass, reminding her that none of her friends have forgotten her and that she was a true friend unlike some others who were deceitful. Pamela misses her greatly and asks Louisa's forgiveness for not writing sooner. Her father had typhoid fever and she did not think that he would live. He was contagious so not many people came by and she was left to do... more
Hookstown (Penn.) - Louisa Gass writes to her mother about the country school in which she thought she would be teaching. It turns out she was given bad information and she may not teach there at all. She is worried about what it might be like to teach in a country school in the winter. Louisa tells her mother about a horrible accident that happened to Grandfather McCready and a woman named Betsy. While he wa... more
1864 June 13
Washington (D.C.) - Bobby writes to his cousin Louisa Gass asking her to send him a list of those killed or wounded from his old regiment in the Civil War. He went on a trip with his Orderly Sergent to Crystal Springs. This was the first time he had been out of the hospital for two weeks. Bobby writes about common acquaintances who are in the service and when they will get out. He looks forward to learning to... more
1865 Apr. 16
Lizzie opens her letter with apologies for not writing Louisa sooner. She then mentions the dreadful news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the ensuing commotion. She thinks they should now prepare for the "opening of the sixth seal" as foreshadowed by Revelations. Lizzie gives updates on Maggie and Will and their teaching positions and she states how she wishes a "worthy, whol... more
1865 Dec. 25
Marion writes to Louisa letting her know that just because he is now married does not mean that he will no longer write a Christmas letter. He hopes that she will write back. It has been eight years since they spent Christmas together and he writes how much things have changed. He writes of how people have changed as well as their opinions of people. Over the eight years he has learned to ... more
1867 Sept. 28
Duncannon (Penn.) - Samp King's letter to his cousin Louisa is mostly on behalf of Jane, who has a hurt finger and cannot write the letter herself. She and Charley had a good trip to Niagara Falls before they picked up Harry to bring him home with them. His sister was in Philadelphia and is now visiting Ickesburg. Samp was travelling in the West and noted how warm and dry it had been around the country... more
1867 Nov. 26
Davenport (Iowa) - Helen writes to Louisa about having the blues. She had a hard time settling back in at home and wonders if she should have ever left. The weather is very dark and rainy which she thinks suits people who are down-hearted. Helen then writes of a practical joke that she played on a friend. She found a duck without a head laying on the ground and decided to wrap it up nicely and add a card. S... more