Abel E. Leavenworth Civil War Correspondence

Mary Leavenworth to Abel Leavenworth April 21, 1865

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Rec’d Apr. 29th 1865

At Richmond, Va.

Answ’d in note ? date

And nearly every day

Following …

Hinesburgh Apr. 21, 1865

My dear Husband,

I was very weary but feel that I must write you a few lines. The last one of our noisy, troublesome, darling precious. Troop of boys is quiet, I hope for the night. Sometimes I wonder why to me is given such a charge. I feel so incapable and it is so, impossible I was going to say for me to be patient, gentle, and firm with an over wrought physical frame and


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nerves all unstrung. Yet I know who has said “My grace is sufficient for you.” Would that I could ever seek strength there.

Yours of Apr. 15th is just recd, I am sorry that you are again working so hard. I do hope it may not be lasting. Ere it is you have heard the sad sad news of the assassination of our beloved President. While we were yet rejoicing at the prospect of peace how suddenly as our joy turned into mourning. At first it seemed to me that was lost, without the enlivn cool temperate, and wise counsel of the President; that anarchy would ensue. Yet God is over all and is able to raise up men for the emergency. Would that as a a nation we might humbly and earnestly entreat Him to do this.

Last Sabbath religious services were held in our church in honor of the occasion. The church w adapted with black. Mr. F. preached all day from the text. “My times are in thy hand.” I could not help feeling not feeling more hopeful, after listening to his clear and forcible exposition of God’s


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sovereignty in the affairs of nations and individuals though he seemed to think it possible that most trying time for our Country would be the next few months.

A letter from Maria tells me that Edwin is going to Richmond to look. I hope he will get there before you are ordered elsewhere—as there seems to be a prospect that may be. How do you live since you came to R—d.” Do you have the Sabbath for rest? Do you attend church? Is there a prospect your being paid again soon? My funds begin to run low tho we live as plainly as possible almost. Our cotton under garments pillow cases, electera seem to be undergoing a general giving out.


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Then the children must be provided with summer cloths and when I am laid aside our expenses for help and provisions must of course be greatly increased—I have no company to eat as yet except my sister and my husbands sisters. I hardly think I shall spend the extra $50 in entertaining company. Tuesday Sarah spent the day with me, and we made some very pleasant calls in the P. ell. Yesterday, Miss ? Baldwin invited me to visit with herself and sister at Mrs. Willson. Had a very pleasant


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time—Today Miss Miner invited me to meet others at her house; but work, and a want of something suitable to wear kept me at home—

Almost all our acquaintances congratulate me on your being the first to enter R--. (Side note: Do you know Sara Partridge’s address?)

Some think it should compensate me for staying alone.

I am anxious to learn your impressions at the death of the President. How it is was received in Richmond Va. Ce.

The children are very well—I am about so—so—better in some respects worse in others. Take of yourself and may God bless and keep you.

Aff. Mary.