1851 stampless folded letter, with "Newark Del" manuscript postmark and manuscript "10" rate, addressed to Mrs. Ann H. Halsted, at Mishawaka, Indiana.

1 pg. letter contents, dated at Newark, Delaware, June 4, 1851, from "Jane", to her sister.

An interesting & sad letter, in which Jane writes her sister about their dying Father.


"My dear Sister,

You have no doubt received the first letter I wrote you, respecting our dear Father's illness, & will be anxious to hear from him again. Well, my dear Sister, I have nothing encouraging to write. Father is in some respects more comfortable, but there is no material change in his case. Henry & Washington have both been with us since I wrote you. They think his case a hopeless one - he may linger for a time, or he may go off suddenly - but I think they have not the slightest idea that he will ever be raised up from the bed on which he now lies. His mind is in a very wandering state, & often does not know his family & fancies he is away from home & begs to be taken there. We look for Thomas M. Graves & Kitty today. How I wish you could be with us. Ma was saying the other day that as you had not written, probably you were making arrangements to come on again this summer. Ma is not at all well; fatigue & anxiety
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