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

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.
Date: March 8, 1852
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from M. A. DeWitt to Junia Roberts Osterhout, December 8, 1878]

Description: Letter from M. A. DeWitt to sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout. DeWitt's letter was composed of varied news of the family. The letter ended with Mitt informing Junia that a gift for Junia's daughter, Gertrude, would be arriving in time for Christmas. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout."
Date: December 8, 1878
Creator: Mitt, M. A.
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, December 8, 1880]

Description: Letter from Ora Osterhout to her sister, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing daily life in Belton, Texas. She gave Gertrude news about a recent death in town and about friends that wanted to send their love to Gertrude. She mentioned that their mother, Junia, had started a letter to their brother, Paul, but was unsure when it would be finished.
Date: December 8, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Ora
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, January 8, 1881]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing his time in Independence, Texas. He told his father that he let his sister, Gertrude, read the letter from home and described how much money he had spent recently. He ended the letter by writing that he had to prepare a composition for class.
Date: January 8, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, April 8, 1881]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote to update her mother about her life at school. She lamented the fact that she had been receiving no letters from home lately, but thanked her mother for sending the clothes she had requested. She requested money to be sent to her and that her mother and other family members write soon.
Date: April 8, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, January 8, 1884]

Description: Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout regarding what he has been doing recently. George took part in a recreation of a Japanese wedding and went to see a play at the opera house. He ended the letter by telling Paul that he and another family member had settled their dispute over a barn.
Date: January 8, 1884
Creator: Osterhout, George E.
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from E. B. Convers to Gertrude Osterhout, October 8, 1884]

Description: Letter from E. B. Convers to his cousin, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding news he had heard about her health. He was glad to hear she had recovered from being sick and mentioned a dispute that seemed to be going on between him and a mutual acquaintance. He told her that he would be heading to Washington for work soon. Included is an envelope addressed to "Miss Gertrude Osterhout."
Date: October 8, 1884
Creator: Convers, E. B.
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from H. J. Bardwell to John Patterson Osterhout, December 8, 1896]

Description: Letter from H. J. Bardwell to his cousin, John Patterson Osterhout, regarding their family tree. Bardwell had been spending his time in the library trying to trace the Osterhout family back to the first settler and shared what he had found so far. He asked John for clarification on what he had told Bardwell about the family before and hoped to hear back soon.
Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Bardwell, H. J.
Partner: Austin College