Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sabbath Sept. 25, 1864

This has not seemed much like Sabbath, Mrs. Dawes is not able to go to Church & we have been busy getting ready various things to send to Lucy & Ephraim, by William Jackson who starts on the early train tomorrow.  Mrs. E. B. Andrews was in, and was very kind rendering every assistance in her power.  I wrote to Lucy.

Peggy's note:
Lucy Dawes, the unmarried sister of Rufus, Ephraim, Kate, and Jane, was the sister who was turned to when family members needed nursing.  Lucy, competent and cheerful,  also ran a school in Marietta.

Julia was spending a few days in Marietta with her sister, Sarah Cutler Dawes (Lucy's mother).  Lucy was in Cincinnati, tending to her brother Ephraim.

Here is the letter that Julia wrote to Lucy:

Letter to Lucy
Marietta O, Sept. 24 1864
My dear Lucy,
Rufus returned last evening and has told us how fearful the operation was that our dear Ephe has passed through & how heroically he bore his sufferings -- I am sure if we had comprehended how severe an ordeal he was to pass we should have felt as Rufus does, that we could never have consented to it, but for Ephe’s sake I am glad it has been done, since it is successfully accomplished.  Rufus says there is not another man in Ohio who would have borne up so bravely.  Tell Ephe every body is interested, and coming to ask about him, and if kind wishes have healing influence he will soon be well.
Your Mother is about as when you left home, perhaps a little better, but does not sit up all day.  The little girl you expected did not come to help, but Eddie Slocomb comes & gets coal & water &c and we get on nicely.  I came up the afternoon of the day you left, & have been here since.
Sarah Andrews succeeds very well as a teacher, and consents to continue your School.  Mrs. E. B. Andrews very kindly came and brought buttons & sewed them on our double gown & brought a bundle of linen rags which we send.
I will write a letter to Mason D. Parker and ask him to call on you.  I hope you will keep well, you are in the path of duty and if your being there is a comfort to Ephraim I am glad you are there.  I wish we could help him bear his pain, they say we always care most for those of our friends who suffer most, if so, Ephe certainly will be best beloved of all.
Mrs. Buell did not go to Rochester, but rather expects to do so.  Dr. Shipman & lady called Saturday evening to hear about Ephe.  Mrs. Shipman said she had not been introduced to the Major but had wished to become acquainted.  Mrs. Giles & Converse Stone have been over twice.  Mrs. Prof. Adkins called and wanted Ephe’s photograph for her son.  Mrs. Con. Stone wanted it for herself.  Mrs. Hirschberger, Mrs. Slocomb, Ms. Andrews, Mrs. Hawkins & the two Mrs. Buells have been in many times and Mrs. Col. Dawes two or three times a day, so we are not left alone.
The Best House has been sold to an oil man, also the house in which Prof. Evans lives.  The oil excitement continues, a new well where oil was struck a few days ago is said to yield a thousand barrels a day.  A farm in Noble Co. on which there are three producing wells, Mr. Fawcett contraction for, agreeing to give 130,000 dollars and if at the end of 60 days he failed to do so, he forfeited $500.  He has gone to New York where he expects to realize $200,000 for it.
Mrs. Nye called up to see me yesterday and Mary has been here several times.  She said she was so sorry not to be able to take your school, because it was the first time that you ever asked her to do any thing for you.  She thinks so much of Ephe, and talked about him half the time.
Dr. Shipman whose wife, by the way, is a very lovely woman, has bought Mr. Whiffers house for $1,500 and is going into it immediately, Mr. Whiffer moving into the brick house.
Your Mother intended to write, but has been so much excited today, that she feels too tired.  She sends her love to Ephe & to you.  She groans every time she hears the name of Dr. Blackman, or any reference to the work he has done.
We have had a letter from Kate.  She seems to be better & is anxious to see some of us up there.  Mr. McLean has gone to Philadelphia to labor for the Christian Commission & will be absent until the 1st of Nov.  He intends to go into Delaware and examine the lands there.  I will write Kate soon.
Not knowing what better to do with the quinces we have dried them.  I think they will be very nice.  Brother William was in town Friday and brought us Rufe’s dispatch -- he felt very anxious about Ephe.  You must write every day, and Rufus says don’t hesitate to call Dr. Gobrect when you need him.


Lucy Dawes

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