I hope Father Abraham will keep his seat for the next four years

Date Written

Sept. 18, 1864

Member of Series

Ellen Nellie Penly was 25 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Joseph Albert Penly, was 23 when it was received.

It was written 154 years, 8 months, 9 days ago.
It was a Sunday.

Lewiston
Sept 18, 1864

Dear Brother Mine,

I received your letter last week and was very happy to hear from you and to know you was well. Your letter was short and sweet, but I was as glad to get it as though it was longer. I received a letter from home the same time I received yours. They are all well. Mother wrote that John Casey was married to Lucy Sanory, she worked to the Zircon and John became acquainted with her since he came come from war. Frank Putnam is the Father of a son and Uncle Fillmore is married to Clementine Wing, she is eighteen and he is as much as sixty. Charly is at home on a sixteen day furlough, we expect him here in a day or two. He came home to vote. He is cook for a Regiment or company or for some of the soldiers in Augusta. We are beginning to look for John. He will be here before long.

How I wish your time was out., but it is only a little while and then want we have gay times and stand folks on their heads to make a [?] of them. It won’t be us if we don’t.

We have a good Union Governor and I hope Father Abraham will keep his seat for the next four years for he is just the man to give the Rebels what they want and just the way they want it. Your picture lies here and the girls have kissed it so much that it does not look good. You remember you gave me a photograph to put in my Album like the one I sent to you.
It is cold here today and winter will be here before we know it and I suppose you are having warm weather as yet.
Charles Moody ran away to Canada so he would not be drafted and he found out that they was not going to draft in Rumford so he has come back and gone to New Jersey to see his brother. He is sick in the hospital. Marie Greenlief is here this afternoon. Her brother has enlisted. They are going to draft here tomorrow and the men feel pretty blue. I hope this war will end this fall far we have had war enough. Ann is writing to her beau in law and Amanda has gone to confiscate some apples. She will finish this so I will say goodbye for this time. Write soon to your loving sister.
Nell

Dear Brother, [Not written by Nellie]
This pleasant eve permits me writing you a few lines & although I feel pesky slim right after being gone all of the afternoon but I will try and say something if it hain’t so nice. Well how are you this eve? Well I hope you did not write much but we was real glad to here from you. I can’t write you much news to day for I have not heard eny or had eny time to make eny. Charles is coming this week & [?] agoing to stay out and played him some he was so dry I could not get a word out of him edg ways but he went [?] this time for he has been outing around with the girls strangely [?] picking so Frank wrote Ellen sets here kissing your [?] and calling your [?] she has gave you my room mate some says she wants you to write to her [?] We are agoing to prayer meeting tonight Mrs. [?]
[At this point letter the print on the letter is too light to read.]

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