April 1865 Letter to Photographer Charles D. Fredericks from Wife Louise - "Lee has surrendered and we are to have peace at last"

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April 1865 Letter to Photographer Charles D. Fredericks from Wife Louise - "Lee has surrendered and we are to have peace at last"

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An interesting April 1865 letter written to noted photographer Charles D. Fredericks, then operating his studio in Havana, Cuba. It was written by his wife Louise Fredericks, back home in Summit, New Jersey. The letter includes news about Louise’s health, as well as her sister’s. Commenting on the close of the war, Louise wrote, “What do you think of the news now? Lee has surrendered and we are to have peace at last…. We had some lanterns hung out last night in honor of our victory.” She closed the letter with comments about their daughter and an update on their garden. The letter reads:

Summit, N.J.
April 11th 1865.

My dear Husband,
Yours pr. “Columbia” was duly received Two days after. I did not expect to be able to write you this week. I felt very badly on Friday and telegraphed for the nurse, thinking y time would soon arrive, & knowing that Doct. Overton was unable to be out. I preferred to have her in the house. When she arrived by the last train in the evening I was feeling much better, and have continued so to the present time, but don’t know how long it will last. I sent a note to the Doctors. that same day, telling him I might be sick in a few hours, and wished to know if he would be able to attend me. If not, I must of course call another Physician. He was too ill at that time to read the note even, so I sent for Docs. Gray to call upon me, which he did that day. So he will attend me this time.

Sister came up last week and is still here. She has a bad cough which she has had six or seven weeks. I told her the remedy which you make, but she seems to think that might be very good for a fresh cold, but not for one of as long standing as hers. She may try it however. I really hope Mr. Davis will not arrive just yet as I don’t know how we could accommodate him at night. Still the longer his arrival is deferred, the longer you are kept away. Let him come as soon as possible! Mr. Cook came up to pass Sunday and we were obliged to put him on the lounger. Lye got the $100 from Taylor as soon as he came home.

What do you think of the news now? Lee has surrendered and we are to have peace at last. Even “old Fuller” in his Newark Journal has to acknowledge that, but doubts if it will be “permanent.” We had some lanterns hung out last night in honor of our victory.

Lou lou is quite well again for her, and will soon (tomorrow) be thirteen months old. She is a real little monkey too. Allie is getting a large boy, or thinks so, and tells what he is going to do in Cuba.

Everything begins to look green, & it makes one feel that summer is approaching. I will see as much as I can that the vegetables of which you speak are in season. The gardener has most if not all of the seeds. I also bought some lime, oats, &c. The fruits of which you write of could take time. They seldom bear under three years. You know we have a number of young trees set out last spring. The cherry trees we have I think are too old to graft upon. Like has spoken for some evergreens & elms to take the place of those which died last year. I feel that I am writing a very unsatisfactory letter, but the fact is I can do no better at present, for after I have been sitting a very few minutes I feel so nervous and “wild like” I can scarcely spell a word correctly. I get up and move about a little hoping to feel more like it, but it is the same thing over again and every day a head ache. I hope you will pardon it, and ever love
Your devoted Wife
Louise

All send love, and wish for your return.

The letter covers all four pages of a 5 1/4” x 8” stationery sheet. It is in excellent condition with minor toning and creases where it was originally folded.

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