1861 Letters

November 24, 1861 letter to Luke Keith from George Tomlinson

November 24, 1861

To: Luke Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: George Tomlinson, Pavilion, NY

He has not heard from Luke in response to his previous letter, has not received any payments from Babcock and is very much in want of money. He has had to borrow money to pay what he agreed to. They finally have the insurance arranged on their goods but have not received the money and the insurance won’t pay on the store. Everyone wants to get paid but no one wants to pay them. Abiah Sprague is failing and cannot speak very loud. Mother wants to know what happened to the man who burned the church.

Pavilion Nov. 24. 1861.

C. L. Keith Esq

You may remember I wrote you some weeks ago – perhap you had nothing to say to my various inquiries – on what is more probable. Babcock has made no further payments. How is he getting along? I wish you would say to him that I am very much in want of money. I had expected he would be prompt in the payments, but I find very mistaken. Have you paid your father[1] the full amt. of what I got of him? –

I have had to borrow to make the payment I had agreed this fall.

Please hurry him up & give me the result in a Draft on N.Y.

Our family is well – Aunt Patty[2] is eating Apples – Marion[3] reading Josephus – Frank[4] writing his name – Nelly[5] has just gone to bed – our ________ feel their conciquence so much that they have sent their girl home & are going to do their work alone. We have at last got the insurance on our goods arranged – tho we have not yet got the money – every one we owe wants to be paid & no one wants to pay us. I expect to have fuss about insurance on store – the company refuses to pay. Paul[6] writes us that Abiah[7] is failing – cant speak loud. He rides out every day.

Bridget is married & gone to house keeping – married Billy ________.

Mother[8] wants to know what they have done with that man Deo[9] who was charged with burning the church? 

Monday Morning – Washing day. We stand around some. Candle light[?] been to breakfast – table put away & washing most done. New Broom sweeps like fancy.

Write soon


Geo. Tomlinson

[1] Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[2] Presume he is referring to his mother-in-law, and Luke’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[3] His wife, and Luke’s niece, Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson

[4] His son

[5] His daughter

[6] His wife’s uncle, Paul Sprague

[7] Paul’s daughter, Abiah Sprague. She died June 28, 1862

[8] His mother-in-law, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[9] Luke’s neighbor, James Deyoe, who was charged with setting fire to the Congregational Church at Galesburg


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