1862 Letters

December 28, 1862 letter to Alonzo Johnson from Charlana Johnson

December 28, 1862

To:  Alonzo Johnson

From: Charlana Johnson, Climax, MI

It seems a bit tongue in cheek that Charlana is thanking Alonzo for his recent letter, letting him know that he will never regret letting her know all his wants and wishes. She is sending some postage stamps and his father is sending a dollar bill, and she tells him he may call it a New Year’s present. She has knit Malvina a pair of stockings, but Ellen is home so she won’t get anything.

Climax Dec the 28th 1862

Dear Child[1]

I thank you a thousand times for your kind precious letter and I was allmost beside myself with joy to think that you had written to me but I am shure you will never regret letting me know all your wants and wishes when I tell you they shall bee supplyed if it is in my power to do so. I shall send you three postage stamps and your Father[2] will send you a dollar bill in this letter to supply your presant want so do not dispair but keep up good courage by thinking their is a better day a coming. You may call it a new years presant allthough it will not reach you in season for that. I have knit Malvina[3] a new pair of stockings for her presant. Elle[4] is to home so she will not get any thing.

Mr Henry B Crooks 25 Reg
Mich Inf Co H Bowlinggreen Ky
In care of Capt Cook[5]


[1] While it is not clear who the letter was written to, it is presumed to be addressed to Alonzo Johnson, and while not signed, it is in the handwriting of his mother, Charlana (Adams) Johnson

[2] Burton Johnson

[3] Charlana’s daughter, Malvina Johnson

[4] Charlana’s daughter, Ellen Johnson

[5] This was written on the reverse side. From the tenor of the letter, it is presumed that the letter was written to Alonzo Johnson and perhaps Charlana was just supplying Henry’s address to Alonzo


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