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Correspondence - 1860 - August 1861

Alfred Searles to E. G. Searles, March 10, 1860

[Pick [Pike Township, Fulton County, Ohio]
Sunday, March 10, 1860

Dear Parents, Brothers and Sisters.

Through the merces of the all wis Providence I am spared up to the present time to converce with you not with the toung but with pen and ink. If we are free agents to do as we pleas we cannot have every thing as we would like to have it. We are all as well as yousiel. The children both have bad coughfs from their colds.

We have got to keeping house again. I have not taken the farm that I intended to when I left their. But I have rented 2 rooms in the old tavern till the first of May. I am going to build me a cabbin rite away if I can get the means to put it together with. I can get the lumber if I can get the nails and the stuff for my windows with.

I got through with my stock Sunday. My goods got through upon Friday last, one week, in pirty good order. They was 3 plates and 3 saucers brocken. Others all sound I believe.

I can have that farm, but he don't want to let the hous go and he don't want to build this spring. And I thought the thing over and made up my mind to made a start upon my own land and then what I do is my own and if I have my health I can get 20 acres into wheat this fall and that will be as good as 40 upon another land and only half of the work. And what I get is my own. The wheat upon these new openings is far ahead of any of the wheat in that country. It does look as well as I ever saw it at this time of the year in eny place. I can get all the land I want to work fitted for planting and I do the rest and give 1/2: they is 2 or 3 of very old improved land and can be bought for $10 per acre with a good chance to pay for them and they are good land to.

Father can you let me have a litle money for that hay and that rest portion to buy my nails with. It would be a great accomidation and help to me. I have got just one dollar left to buy my flower and build me a hous with And that dollar must do it and will do it to if I can't get no more. They cheated me upon the weight of my goods 200 pounds. They had it 1560 pounds and it was but 1335 you know. The mistake was made in Toledo, I expect. The expense was $5.20. Not very dear but still they got a dollar too much.

Father when you are in Bellevue I wish you would go in to Owen's and get my note. I payed it but forgot the note. You get the 50 cts of Schyler and pay for my next 4 months of books to Chandler and forward them to me they is one new.

My respects to one and all. Eva sends her love to you all. My address is Winnameg Fulton Co. Ohio. Write soon and let me know how all the folks are, for I feel ancious to hear from their. With my best wishes and kind love I remain as ever your son
A.D. Searls

Addison is here with me now. But how long he will stay is more than I know. He is well with the exception of a cold. Tell Moses I have seen a number of deer since I have been here. My respects to him and family.

Alfred Searles to E. G. Searles, March 31, 1861

[Pike Township, Fulton County, Ohio]

Sunday, March 31, 1861

Dear Parents and Children.

Once more after a waiting so long and not heareng from one of you in no way I sit down to try to write to you again. We are all well as yousiel and hope that these few lines will find you the same. We feel very uneasy that we do not hear from you. I wrote to you 3 weeks a go today but have not had eny reply as yet. If they had not been so meny of the famely sick when we came away we should feel differant about it from what we now do.

I have not got my hous up yet but have got to this week for I have got to leave here. His place is sold and the man takes posshion upon Tuesday of this week and they is no other place that I can get. My lumber is sawed if I can get it halled home, but how I shall get my nails and glass is more than I can tell. I have not got 10 cents in the world to help myself with. I am a going to framing my timber tomorrow.

Ad has been here with me till yesterday. Friday I went to Morenci to get my sash. Mary went as far as her folks and we left Ad at home and it rained so heard we did not get back till Saturday noon and Ad was gone. He told the folks here he was a going to Wood Co. He never said eny thing to me that he was a going nor he nevr said wheather he was a coming back or going home. I should liked to of had him staid this week and helped me got my house up first rat. He may be back tomorrow and he may not. It is only 30 miles there.

How I shall get my nails, glass and sash I do not know. I cannot get trusted nor borrow money, but it has got to come tomorrow or next day from somewhere. 5 dollars would set me right up so that I could get along. I have got about 2 acers cleard and about 9 hundred rails made and about 20 roods of fence made.

If you have a chance I wish ya would send Marys sheers to her and tell Moses B. to make me a couple more buckets and 2 or 3 ax holds, and have them get seusoned, and I will pay him for them. My respects to all that my enquire after us. Our love the fameley and best wishes

This country is asetling fast. They has 26 familis come into this township this spring. They is 4 men from Medinah, Co. here now. They are a going to buy 1 mile west of me. Oh how I wish you could get a 40 of land here. It would seem as though I could be contented then, but I must stop. Write as soon as you get this. Tell George to write and I will answer. Father if you could let me have a litle money it would be a great help to me and I will pay some time.

Addison Searles to E. G. Searles, May 8, 1861

New Westfield [Weston]
May 8, 1861

Dear Father,

I recieved your leter this after noon and was glad to here from you. This was the first time that I have heard from home since I left there and if you have not heard from me it is not my falt for I had ritin to you and I had allmost given up of hereing from you. I rot to you the same day that I saw Retas [?] there and I have watcht the offes every day since. Tell mother not to worry about me for I am well and adoing well.

I have got a home of my ane and it is all pade for and I can call it my ane. It is not so large and if I have good luck I intend to have 50 dolers in money to fetch home with me and I think that I can do better here than I can there. I have got a cow and watch that is worth 15 dolers and I have made a trade today for another cow and calf. I gave him about 18 dolers for the first cow that I got and 20 for the other. This cows I got for the pony and 5 dollars in money besides. Please send me all of my letters that has come to me there and please to rite to me and tell all of the rest of them to rite to me and tell me how Ineg [?] is and tell her that I will come and see her before long.

Tell mother that I am beter off here than I am there and if nothing hapens I will have a place for you, if you will except of it, that you can call your own. The war is all the cry now days. There has been 2 companies started from here and are on Fort Megs in Perisburg now. The day that they left here they was a man came here and he sayd that he wished that he was in the south and he would fite for them and was told to keep still and he sayd that he would not and the men in town told him that they would give him 15 minutes to leave or they would hang him and the rope was brot but before the time was up he left.

Well I haven't time to rite eny more at present, for it is half past 10 o'clock and I must go to bed for I have to go to shell corn in the morning.

Pleas rite soon. Yours with respect, to E.G. Searls from your son Addison Searls.

Please direct to New Westfield, Wood Co

Alfred Searles to E. G. Searles, August 4, 1861

August 4, 1861

Dear Parents,

Once more I have the oppertunity of writing to you. First, the famely is well, all but my self. I have had rather of a hard time fur the past week and am far from being ruggid. I have worked to heard this summer. I am worn out but I must keep a moving. When I stop all stops this year, fur I have nothing agrowing for to live on, but some potatoes, a litle corn and about 1/4 of an acor of beens. They are first rate. I have been up in Michigan a harvesting, I am agoing back today to work in haying. I got a letar last night from John and Mary; they are all well for them. G.W. is their yet. They say they do not know how long he is agoing to stay. Dennison had a hard fit of sickness in the forepart of the summer, but is quite well now. Acuy had a round with a Secisionate the other day and nearly killed him. John says if he does not keep cool now he will get a mark that he will cary only as he is curred and that feet first. John says he is a going to Ohio this fall and shall call and see me. If he comes it will be about the last of October, he will come with his teem.

I got a letar from George and Jane [Burkirk] last night - was glad to hear they were all well. Tell them I will answer it soon.

Now for something else, if you want a piece of this land up here Hough tells me to tell you or any of my friends if they want land to come on and go to work upon it and he will bind himself that as long as they will try to help them selves they never shall be hurried for the pay and I know he is a man that will do just what he says. If that offer is not enough what is. I should like to see you up here but it is not likeley that I shall even if you come, for I shall undoubtedly be in the south long before you get here. We have been notified to be ready at one hours notice. I am ready to go, but I do not know what I shall do with my things and fameley. If you only lived near that you could take care of them, but they will be some way for I think they is other powers in this war busy, as the power of man it has all ready shown itsself. I cite to one instances and that was the batle at Laurel Hill, the Ohio 14th regiment was the main stand of our men there. Their positions was a 12 acer cornfield where they fought so says one of the boys that I am well acquainted with and has come back of 3 months mess. He says they was only one man killed of them and 4 wounded and after the batle they was hardley a stalk in that field but what was cut off with a ball. Does that not look as though they was a hand to guide those balls? Yes, my friends I go if my company goes. I never will be called a coward, never in this case. If my last day is to be spent in the battlefield, may it be in defence of the innocent and helpless of my country. If I know in time, I will let you know when we start. If we go to Washington we shall come that way; if we go to Misury we shall go west. We are the last company left in northwestern Ohio. They was a company left here upon Wensday last; they went to Chicago, their form a regiment, from their to Gen. Lyons Camp in Misury.

Father, if you think of coming up here to live, save all the young cattle you can, I can get them here if you can't and then let them whistle. The cattle are very fleshy that run on the plains here now. I wish you was here so that you could break up my prairie this fall and plant it to corn next spring, but I must close with best wishes and kind love to all. I remain as ever, your son,
A.D. Searls. Write soon.

I, well, Mary, acording to promise, I sit down to write a few lines, but I have not much news that will interest you. I expect Alfred has told you all the news. Baby has had another sick spell. She is welll now and full of play. I have not weaned her yet. She begins to talk considerable. Eva is well and was very much pleased to hear about the birds. She says when will you fetch them to her. We have a pair of banty chickens she thinks a great deal of. We are very busy now picking wortleberries. There is bushel and bushels of them. If I had thought of it in time I would have had some of you dried me a few cherries and I would dried you huckleberries.

Amelia is here with me. How long did Aunt Jane stay? Did she go on any farther? How does Marrilla and Bob [Seeley] get along? What is he doing? Give my love to her and Loisa. I wish you was here to pick berries. I would like to see you all, but I don't expect I shall unless you come here. It worries me a good deal the thoughts that at any time Alfred is likely to be called out to guard our country, but I hope he will not be called on. Eva send her love to all and a kiss for baby. Write to me and tell me all the news about the folks around their. I wish your folks would come here and get a home of their own. It is a pleasant place. Give me love to all and write soon,
from Mary Searls to May Searls.

Baby says, I want some titts ma.

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