Letters from Unknown [?Varnum?] and Lois Noyes, June 14, 1864


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Letters from Unknown [?Varnum?] and Lois Noyes, June 14, 1864


Death; Family; Smallpox


This appears to be two letters, at least one of which is from Lois. They were both written on June 14, 1864, and detail the various mundane parts of the day: the bell tolling to indicate a death, Sarah having her teeth filled, and so on.


Noyes, Lois Walker and Unknown


Loose, The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection






Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant






eng (English)






The United States Civil War, 1861-65

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Seville June 14 64
Dear Hattie,
We received
your welcome letter las Thursday. We got one
from Matt last night she is well and expects
to be at home in three weeks. Frank sent us
a photograph of his quarters with his
last letter, so we can tell just about how
they look. [Illegible due to hole in paper] told us which [u]one[u/] he [u]lived[u/]
in, we can see John Ross's office and the offices
tent. They have two cook houses, one is used
by the Medina Company and the other by
the Sevilians. We can distinguish the Cap
itol in the distance and what was for-
merly [?Gen Loris?] residence. All of the Ca
are well except Charly Dis who is in the
hospital not able to join his segment.
Father and Edward have bought their new
coats. Em is making Edwards she wants
to get it done this week Mother is making
the button holes this afternoon. Emily is

taking drawing lessons of Mis [?Stampoke?],
she concluded to let her come, she is going to
the Catskill mountains to sketch and Julia
Hubbert is going with her. Sarah has been
having her teeth filled this forenoon, she had
[u]eight[u/] [Note: underlined in red marker] that had to be filled, he changed
[u]$9.25[u/] [Note: underlined in red marker but threw off 2 as she was a [u]ministers[u/]
daughter. They had been troubling her considera
ble lately. Em and Sarah are visiting Lilly
this afternoon. She has moved on to the [?Sinuth?]
place, they have been over twice before but
she was not at home either time. Em
made [?Tammy Colbrown?] a bonnet out of that
old stray one of yours. Emme Hall has brought
an old [u]yellow[u/] bonnet for her to fix over
Mother has braided 4 fine braid hats for
some girls in the village Edward and Em and
Sarah went down to Jackson a week ago
last Sabbath. Sarah got some tar o her
slate dress so she put in a new breadth
of your new dress: I have got a pink
calico dress. I must tell you a word about Neddie

Guilford June 14 64
Dear Daughter,
[Note: written in red marker, different handwriting: For whom the Bell Tolls]
I intended to have
written you a good long letter but we are
[u]just as busy as one can be + I have
not time, neither do I feel much
in a letter writing mood to day,
& you will not much wonder
when I tell you the reason. This morn
ing when I was getting breakfast
[u]the bell tolled[u/] [Note: underlined in red marker], + I said to Mr. Noyes
who can it be tolling for, as I know
of no one rich, thought it must be
for another poor soldier, as the bell
had tolled a few days before for
Mr McDermot, he was shot with
skirmishing somewhere in East Town
lived about two days but after breakfast
your father went to the village + when
he came home looked very sober, and

said I could not grasp who the bell toll
ed for + indeed I could not. Mr. Burner
in apparently good health as usual, about
ten o clock his wife heard him groan, she
immediately opened the window + hallowed
to Mr Hawashires folks, but then fearing
they would not hear, she saw down stairs
& called but they had not come from
the shop, + no one heard she run back
& commenced rubbing him with [?camps?]
but the vital spark had fled, he never
spoke. They sent for Mary Emma she got there
before [illegible]. Doc Hunter worked with
him supporting but thought that it was of no use.
Some suggested bleeding from this morning,
Em was down sewing for them this forenoon, she
said they were rather waiting for Dr [?Lysow?]
from Wadsworth, as he was over to Seville every
day. I do hope they will tryout, so as to have nothing
to reflect upon afterward. You know the mother
of [?Erskire?] I think after being part in the town
some we wished to get her [illegible] her longer
& in [?piling?] drew blood she came to, + [illegible due to hole in page]
many years. Mr. Burner will be very much
Wiped among us, always ready on every [illegible]
To tend a helping hand, little thought last
Sabbath night [?work?] he the last time we
Shoah su him in the house of God. Times are
brother have let us Mr. Noyes has called on
him twice to lead our prayer in our little
[illegible], he was considerably embarrassed the
first since I told Mr. Noyes [illegible] I got [illegible]
that I felt like speaking to him after
meeting + telling him I felt so glad that
he did no refuse but he is gone + we shall
see him no more. I trust that he is in that
bright worth [illegible] + sorrow.
[Note: written in right margin]
can never enter I dont know how his family will hear such under it
he was a tender parent, kind + affectionate husband.

[Note: written in left margin of third page]
I suppose Clara has written about us folks at home I must first
say to Henry that the
good Mary [?Cabin?]
+ load of them
went by here to day.
This is the second
time they have hop
ed without calling,
they seem to be rather
shy at us but I suppose
he knows more about
them than we do.
We feel rather anxious
about your being
exposed to the
small Pox hope
to hear from
you soon. That
[u][illegible] all soon
must again is[u/]
the wish of your
aff mother LWN
I hope these frequent
calls will lead us
all to endeavor
to be prepared
for death.

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Noyes, Lois Walker and Unknown, “Letters from Unknown [?Varnum?] and Lois Noyes, June 14, 1864,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed May 28, 2023, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/1011.

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