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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 23, 1873]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He informed his wife that he might be able to return home soon, depending on the weather. He sent along other bits of local news and how the ones he was traveling with were faring. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255375/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 24, 1864]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time with the Confederate Army. He was grateful to receive her letters from home and detailed the marches that he had been enduring. Like many of the other men felt unwell, he felt unwell, and they were preparing for battle when he concluded the first part of his letter. The second part was written the next day after the soldier's new camp had been secured. The men were living off of a diet of oysters that day and John thought they might be reorganizing later that month. He wished he could see his children, especially his eldest son, Paul Osterhout, and hoped they would stay safe. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255318/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, July 17, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife from his travels and informed her that he had finished court, but would be unable to return home until he raised the means to get back. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255425/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 8, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to inform his wife of his work in the courts and informed her that he might be returning home soon. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255339/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 10, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote a short letter to his wife to inform her that he hoped to be finished with his work as a judge soon and wished her and their children well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255343/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 11, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He commented that he had not received letters from home recently and wished to receive news from his wife. John purchased a pony for their son, Jeremiah, and planned to have it sent back while he continued to travel for business. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255394/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 12, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife to inform her that he was almost done with his work in the courts and that he planned to return home soon. An envelope addressed to Mrs. J. P. Osterhout is included. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255345/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 7, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife a brief letter to inform her of how he was faring in his travels as a judge. He let her know where he would be headed next so she could send him more letters. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255397/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 8, 1870]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He was writing from the State capitol about his time working there. He wrote of his opinion of the Republican Party and wished his wife and family well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255338/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 25, 1874]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to tell his wife when mail arrived at Stephenville, Texas, and the route he would be taking when he began to head home. He mentioned that he had people he needed to visit and hoped their children were behaving well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255385/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 29, 1874]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He lamented that a mobbing had occurred in Belton, Texas, where his family resided. He wrote about a murder case he handled as a judge and, at the end of his letter, prayed his family was well and in God's grace. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255386/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 29, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife while traveling around to work as a judge. He wanted to know more about the state of their garden and crops because their son, Paul, had not written much about them in his last letter. John let her know where she should direct her future letters and requested that she send them early enough so that he would receive them upon his arrival. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255398/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 9, 1870]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. In his letter, he went into detail about his travels, what he did during his time in town, and his work as a judge. He told her that in some of his cases there were papers missing or partially destroyed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255351/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 9, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his travels through Texas. John served as a district judge and was traveling with several lawyers. He told Junia he had arrived at his most recent destination safely and hoped that she and the children were well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255451/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 12, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote at length regarding an assault case he worked as a judge for, including the verdict for the accused. He ended his letter wishing his wife well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255352/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 12, 1872]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote her to let her know how he had been on his travels and where he was headed next. Included is an envelope addressed to Mrs. J. P. Osterhout. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255362/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 13, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to his wife while he traveled and worked as a judge. In the letter, he gave her news of his health, those he was traveling with, and where he was headed to next. He told her he was anxious to return home and be with his family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255402/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 16, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife to inform her where she should direct her letters to him. He asked if their son, Paul, had started school yet and said that his work as judge was going well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255347/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 17, 1871]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife a brief letter to tell her where future letters should be directed and that his work as a judge was going well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255372/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 30, 1870]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to her from a boarding house and related to her how his travels have been recently and what his plans are. He briefly mentioned the danger of attacks from Indians on the next part of his trip to Stephenville. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255329/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 13, 1873]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to inform her that he would be returning home later than he expected. He mentioned that he received a "draft" from Austin and that she should cash it in order to purchase bushels of corn. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255373/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 13, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. John wrote his wife while she was away visiting family. He told her that their son, Paul, might be making progress in the telegraph business and that a local priest was conducting a protracted meeting. The county fair was about to begin, although John did not think they would take much part in it. He ended the letter by stating that he was not sure when Junia planned on returning. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255439/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 16, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to his wife while he traveled and worked as a judge. He informed her of money he had sent her way and where he planned to put the rest of his money. John ended the letter by letting her know he had arrived at his destination safely. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255405/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 24, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, regarding the departure of their son, Paul, who left home in order to manage a telegraph office in another town. John continued his letter with local news, including the county fair, various persons who were on trial, and a Methodist protracted meeting at a local church. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255441/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 24, 1973]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife a short letter to let her know he might be returning home for a week before returning to his work as a judge. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255371/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 26, 1879]
A letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing how family life had been since Junia left to visit with extended family. John let her know of local baptisms and poultry sales he had made at the recent fair. He and their daughter, Gertrude, were looking forward to Junia's return home. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255442/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 29, 1879]
A letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressing his regret that the house felt lonesome without Junia and the three children that were away. He hopes that his son, Paul, will return to live with them if the telegraph company relocates him to an office in town. John then told Junia that when she was ready to make the return home, she should consider whether or not to purchase a second class ticket for the train. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255445/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1864]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time traveling with his oxen wagon. He and his companion, Jo, have had difficulties keeping the oxen in line and have been searching for the ones that have run off. On the route he has taken, he noticed a lot of cotton making its way to Mexico. He was asking around for the price of a bushel of wheat and because of the missing oxen, he was unable to purchase as much as he had planned. He closed his letter by telling her he would be unable to return home until December. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255324/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 31, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. John wrote to his wife while traveling and working as a judge. In this letter, he mentioned a case of horse theft he was involved in and told her about the weather and his health. The letter ended with him writing about a vote on a new constitution and how fortunate he and his wife were that so many of their children were still alive. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255399/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, September 3, 1878]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to her while traveling. He informed her that he may be changing the route of his trip to go through Washington City. John said he was going to make the most of his trip and that he missed his family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255421/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, September 14, 1878]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. John wrote her from his travels. He had been able to attend the New York State Fair and wished his family had been there to see it. He let his wife know he would be returning with a trunk of gifts for her and their children. He planned to head home in less two weeks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255422/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, September 28, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, September 28, 1879. John began his letter with bad news. A fire broke out in Belton, Texas and John wrote of the difficulties he and his sons had in trying to save some of his books and papers. Otherwise, John says he and the children are in good health and mentioned work that Paul had done work in a telegraph office recently. Included is an envelope addressed "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout" and an article titled "Fire in Belton!" The article lists the losses incurred from the disaster. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255436/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout to Family, September 6, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and children. He wrote his wife while she was away. He told her that their son, Paul, was house-sitting for someone in the neighborhood and had the unfortunate news that a woman's baby had died. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255428/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, April 25, 1859]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, thanking him for the news in his letter. John and his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressed their desire to hear more from Orlando and wanted him to visit their parents to gather more news. He wrote briefly about what he and his wife were doing and in the post script, he asked for a canning recipe for his wife. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255312/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, October 30, 1838]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, discussing recent events in his life. He attended a Baptist convention in Independence, Texas and planned to return there to attend an examination of students at Baylor University. He wrote about the woman he was courting and told his brother that he hoped he would not remain a bachelor. John intended to return home and considered the different routes he could take while also requesting that his brother give him access to transportation in the winter so he could visit a friend. Soule University planned to lay a cornerstone soon in a Masonic ceremony and John wanted to be attendance. The letter ended with John making fun of the LaGrange Volunteer Rifle Rangers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255311/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, April 12, 1881]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, involving the state of the family while Paul was away at school. A family has been feeling sick, possibly with the measles, and John was able to make sales on some of his cattle. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255470/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, August 22, 1878]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout. John wrote to his son from his visit with his mother. He mentioned a few land deals he wanted to look into and that his mother offered to give him his father's old desk. John showed interest in starting up a sheep ranch. In the post-script, John said that an aunt might not have much longer to live. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255420/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 1, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing family news in Belton, Texas. John's wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and two daughters returned from visiting family in Pennsylvania. He wrote about the state of his cattle and chickens and how he was tending to them. The letter ended with John hoping that Paul would join them for Christmas. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255454/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 5, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing local news from Belton, Texas. He informed Paul that if he came home for Christmas he would give him molasses. Also, he also updated him about various family members and farm animals and shared other pieces of news. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255456/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 04, 1880]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing work. John was writing from his place of work, the post office, and gave Paul some advice regarding how he should go about receiving work from "G. O." John hoped to send his son to school at Baylor in the fall and promised to write again later. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255458/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 7, 1886]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding Paul's return home. John sold Paul's bike and sent him money to help him afford the trip home. John expects his other son, Jeremiah, and his wife to have a child soon because she has been staying with their family for long periods of time. John mentioned that their town, Belton, was worried that their oil well would leave town and they would have to rely on the college for their future. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255514/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 10, 1881]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, about how glad he is that Paul went to school. John looked forward to seeing Paul and his sister's, Gertrude, educational growth. He expressed worry about his younger son, John Jeremiah, not showing any interest in receiving education. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255474/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 22, 1886]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding Paul returning home for a visit. John recommended Paul get his certification to practice being a doctor before he graduates. John sent what money he could and if Paul was able, he had a list of people he wanted Paul to try to visit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255511/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, October 30, 1879]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing family life since Paul's departure to work at a telegraph office in another city. He told his son about the recent successful sales of poultry he made and that he had hopes for Paul's future career. John gave his son advice and hoped he would be able to come home and visit soon. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255447/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sally Osterhout, January 13, 1875]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his niece, Sally Osterhout. He wrote her after receiving a letter a couple weeks prior. He was glad to hear his mother was well and told Sally what was happening with John and his family. He mentioned some of the cases he was working on, his children's schooling, and how his wife had recently come down with a pneumonia. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255393/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255303/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, February 4, 1855]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255307/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, July 11, 1872]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout. He wrote to tell his mother that he would be unable to visit this year and spoke of how his family had been. The letter finishes with news regarding the frontier. John wrote that Indians raided nearby areas and took horses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255361/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255304/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, May 20, 1877]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout. He wrote his mother to let her know how his family was doing. He told her he was sorry to hear that someone was sick and gave his recommendation to have the man inhale smoke to help him. He then went on to write about his beliefs that inhaling smoke was good for the lungs and that he learned this from inhaling smoke from a campfire. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255417/