Helen Himes to Charles Francis Himes, May 24, 1857

Source citation
Himes, Helen A. to Charles Francis Himes, New Oxford, 24 May 1857. Charles Francis Himes Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
Author (from)
Helen Himes
Recipient (to)
Himes, Charles Francis
Date Certainty
Scott Ackerman
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The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. 
New Oxford. May 24th, 1857

Dearest Brother,

It is a calm quiet Sunday the first real summer one we’ve had this year. The children, Ma & I have just returned from Sabbath school, which, though small, is improving, every thing connected with it is carried on in orders of the preachers together with the visitors, such as Ma, Uncle John, Mrs. Thomas and Lizzie Sherman, have organized a Sunday school society to meet the first Monday of every month & I ascertain the state of the Sunday school. The Lutherans were taken by surprise when they found our poor little school was gaining ground & I was conducted in such a methodical manner & they immediately called a meeting in the church & it was well they did or many of their scholars would have been left for though there are many more members of their church they had not half as many teachers as we.

We have been talking about Maggies tombstones & I think we will get one with sides like Grandpa’s; I noticed this morning that some of the children had strewn violets over her grave & it seemed so like she would have done were she alive that I could not help wishing her know it. Harry talks a great deal about her & the other day he came over in my room as soon as he was up, to see whether Maggie was in my bed & when he saw she was not he went over to look in Higgins. He tells people yet that you are out west nursing babies. I had a letter from Annie Fahenstock last night, she wishes to know your address. She & Molthe Hanffelt have been in Philadelphia nearly three weeks. I suppose Mary enjoyed it very much as it was her first visit to a city. I expect to go to Baltimore on Tuesday if nothing happens to prevent, if it does not get too warm I may soend the month of June there & bring Ellie Luead back with me. Nenete Brown’s live at No. 202 Eastern Avenue a few doors from Broadway. Uncle George & Charles were up last week the latter is in fine spirited little fellow. You knew Adgie Fullon of York did you not, well she is teaching school at Spring Mill. I suppose Pa will send you the paper with the project for a new soil road to Oxford for the purpose of connecting Philadelphia more directly with the south, it would --- from York direct to New Oxford if they should make up their minds about it. The corn crop is not very fine & many people have not yet planted theirs, in some place it will have to be planted again. The grain is much better & there will be an average crop. Molasses sells at 25 cents a quart, & sugar from 12 to 14 cents a pound by the barrel. I believe there is nothing else I wished to write so goodbye, come home soon, yours most affectionately.

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