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[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.
Date: February 4, 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 11, 1872]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He was a district judge that was traveling to perform court. He wrote of temperance meetings that were being held in what he considered lawless parts of the country. Pledges were being signed to abstain from alcohol and he told his wife that future temperance meetings were being planned.
Date: February 11, 1872
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Sarah Hartly to John Patterson Osterhout, February 2, 1873]

Description: Letter from Sarah Hartly to John Patterson Osterhout. Sarah began by writing of the affairs of her boarding house and how many guests she had. The letter is primarily composed of miscellaneous information about various family members and she requests that John take a vacation so that he may visit their parents.
Date: February 2, 1873
Creator: Hartly, Sarah
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 9, 1881]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his parents, John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time at Baylor College. Paul wrote that the only news he had was school-related and he told his parents about an upcoming lecture and a study group he participated in. He ended his letter by letting them know that the bills to pay for his education was sent home to his parents.
Date: February 9, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 20, 1881]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, about her life at school. She mentioned a sociable she was getting ready to attend and how the other girls were worrying about what to wear. She mentioned events that were happening at school, including a music event and lectures she attended. Her brother, Paul, had received a joke Valentine's Day card and she promised to write her younger sister, Junia, soon.
Date: February 20, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Sarah Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout and Family, February 24, 1881]

Description: Letter from Sarah Osterhout to her sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and family with local news. Sarah wrote about photographs that had been taken and received, although she has not received the one of herself from the photographer yet. She gave Junia news of marriages and farm repairs. She wrote of a trip she made where she tried to speak to Junia's Congressman and how she tried to speak to the President when she visited the White House.
Date: February 24, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Sarah
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, February 26, 1882]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing daily life at school. She told her father of her responsibilities to check housekeeping of all the girls' rooms and to keep flirtation between the boys and girls to a minimum. The letter detailed many of the events that Baylor held for its students, including musical recitations and drawing room receptions to teach the girls how to entertain guests. She closed the letter by saying she expected her sister to write soon and that she would write her brother next.
Date: February 26, 1882
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, February 27, 1882]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, discussing her life at school. She wrote about her responsibilities of acting as a supervisor for the girls at the boarding house. She told him of the local gossip and school events, including concerts and drawing room receptions where the girls were taught how to entertain guests. A day after she finished the first part of the letter, she continued to write a couple pages more about a recent storm that had hit the city and resulted in property damage and a couple of lives lost.
Date: February 27, 1882
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 6, 1883]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing her time at Baylor University. She wrote to her mother about how discouraged she had been feeling lately and that the poor weather outside had her feeling unwell. She asked for news from the family and said she would be writing her sisters soon.
Date: February 6, 1883
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Elizabeth to John Patterson Osterhout, February 2, 1898]

Description: Letter from Elizabeth to her brother, John Patterson Osterhout, regarding a death in the family. She wrote that she was grateful she had children to take care of her after her husband died and that once the estate was settled, there would not be anything she could use to take care of herself with. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mr. John P. Osterhout."
Date: February 2, 1898
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to George E. Osterhout, February 13, 1899]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her cousin, George E. Osterhout, discussing a loan. Gertrude wanted to borrow a few hundred dollars from George and would be grateful if he would lend it. She intended to write him a longer letter when the weather improved. Included is an envelope addressed "Mr. Geo. E. Osterhout."
Date: February 13, 1899
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Partner: Austin College