[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, February 4, 1855]

Description:

Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He apologized for not writing her sooner since he has been busy with setting up his business as a lawyer. He was considering purchasing slaves although he mentioned a preference for having "white hands" to work with like he did in Pennsylvania. Recently, his friends had been telling him that he was in a good position to marry and he told his mother that he had someone from Pennsylvania in mind. The rest of his family was offended that he had not written then, but he felt that they read the letters he sent to each of them and that it would be repetitive to write the same thing to all of them. He told his mother not to share this letter with any of them and shared that his lawyer business was going well.

Creator(s): Osterhout, John Patterson
Location(s): United States - Texas - Austin County - Bellville
Creation Date: February 4, 1855
Partner(s):
Austin College
Collection(s):
Osterhout Papers
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Date(s):
  • Creation: February 4, 1855
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Austin County - Bellville
Era
The Texas Frontier, 1846-1861
Date
February 1855
Description:

Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He apologized for not writing her sooner since he has been busy with setting up his business as a lawyer. He was considering purchasing slaves although he mentioned a preference for having "white hands" to work with like he did in Pennsylvania. Recently, his friends had been telling him that he was in a good position to marry and he told his mother that he had someone from Pennsylvania in mind. The rest of his family was offended that he had not written then, but he felt that they read the letters he sent to each of them and that it would be repetitive to write the same thing to all of them. He told his mother not to share this letter with any of them and shared that his lawyer business was going well.

Physical Description:

[4] p. ; 25 x 41 cm., folded to 25 x 21 cm.

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Keyword(s): marriages | attorneys | letters
Partner:
Austin College
Collection:
Osterhout Papers
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: ASTC_001-010-01
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth255307
Resource Type: Letter
Format: Text