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 Decade: 1850-1859
 Collection: Osterhout Papers
[Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout, December 5, 1854]

[Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout, December 5, 1854]

Date: December 5, 1854
Creator: Maray, Diana
Description: Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout discussing daily life in Athens, Pennsylvania. Letters had been received from other family members and her children were doing well in school. In the state of Pennsylvania, the temperance movement was working to get a prohibitive liquor law passed. She closed her letter by writing about what she felt made a real friend and hoped she would meet John in this life or the next. She included two locks of hair, one from each of her sons. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter to General, December 12, 1851]

[Letter to General, December 12, 1851]

Date: December 12, 1851
Creator: unknown
Description: Letter from unknown to general discussing the author's travels from Pennsylvania to the South. He detailed the route he took through Pennsylvania and where he made stops, including Philadelphia and Delaware county.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, February 4, 1855]

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

Date: February 4, 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
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.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

Date: January 18, 1857
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He was appreciative of his brother sending him news from home and told him about a real estate sale that had happened recently. People from the U.S., Germany, and Bohemia were in attendance and alcohol was passed around. Money has been short in Bellville because of the cotton and corn crops failing. John needed to borrow money and requested a loan from his brother or anyone else in the family. He requested that his brother write again soon with more news from home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

Date: March 8, 1852
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas since his recent move there. He was undecided about whether or not he would remain in the county or travel around Texas. He wrote about how sparse buildings were where he lived and that the way wealth was measured there was not by amount of land, but by the amount of slaves owned. Many in the area had begun growing their own gardens and he had learned from them that he needed to be careful of poisonous spiders and centipedes. John told his mother that the mail was arriving with irregularity and they were lucky if they got it once a week.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from P. M. Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, March 18, 1857]

[Letter from P. M. Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, March 18, 1857]

Date: March 18, 1857
Creator: Osterhout, P. M.
Description: Letter from P. M. Osterhout to his brother, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing news from home and slavery. After providing John with updates from those at home, he told his brother he was unsure whether or not he would want to receive something from the black Republican in Pennsylvania. He then went on to write about his opinion on slavery and he hoped his brother was not beginning to view it as a blessing.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]

Date: December 21, 1851
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, discussing his safe arrival to Bellville, Texas. He told her he might be staying there for a few months and starting a school, but was unsure. He promised to write her a longer letter soon and let her know the mail only came through once a week.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: March 3, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Business card for John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney and collector of claims for Austin and surrounding counties. On the back of the card is a note concerning that if money was collected from a claim, it would be paid to someone while John would retain half as commission.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Payment]

[Certificate of Payment]

Date: 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Certificate of payment stating that E. H. Cantes was owed money and that John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney, would obtain the payment and receive half as commission. On the back the certificate says the payment was received in full on March 15, 1855.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Proof of Payment for Military Service]

[Proof of Payment for Military Service]

Date: July 22, 1854
Creator: Ridens, John
Description: Proof of payment by John Patterson Osterhout for the military service of John N. Robinson. The money was due to Eliza Bennett and was paid in full. The payment was signed and dated by John Ridens.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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