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Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Benjamin Gratz

Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Benjamin Gratz

It was a great happiness to hear from you My Dear
Brother, at a time when you knew how ---- you are about
the state of our country and the uncertainty that
propels and agitates your community—it is hard enough
here where every day our --- is of war and outrages
incident to ---- . But the minds of the people are made
up and their energies seem all directed to one point.
While you have to struggle and keep watch over the
disaffected. May God watch over the union and help
those who labor for its protection. Lizze Lee and her
boy left me this morning, she left her husband at ------
a week ago but she has been detained. ---- than he ---
and the --- home to day taking Miss Jesuf with her, her
sister Mrs. James Blair has Lee family with B-for the
season, or until Washington is more quiet and safe -
Henny Etting goes to sea also, , in the ---- with Boston
all the other able ---- of the family are drilling in
the -----

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and --- away in the western --- Rocks --- above in all
quarters. We do not know where to place -------- weeks
ago—her said to return in a -------------------------
(a lot)------------------- waiting for hum, or gone by
some other opportunity. I thank you my dear Ben for
wishing to pay us a visit and indeed I would not have
you undergo the perils and anxiety of a journey or have
you absent from your family on any account. Thank God,
my health is good and my strength rapidly improving—I
walked a few squares yesterday without fatigue and when
the weather is --- hope to resume my habit of daily
exercise. Major Mordechai's family are all present and
Dr. Hays not yet determined whether to take lodging on
the country for the summer or a small home in town and
-------- it as a hard condition they are reduced to, But
they all bear it wonderfully --- considering the change.
M-

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he ---- home at W---. Our excellent nieces Becky and
Sara each spend with us bringing the little ones to
cheer--- the house. After the departure of my beloved
Julia made is so desolate but the doomed past with the
treasures of our household we dare not refine—since
they were recalled by the goodness giver who be--- them
-

Give my love to dear Ann and the girls—I have been so
anxious to --- better --- of Bernard's health—would
not a change of air benefit him—if he will come to use
we will try to take care of him—have you any
communication by letter with the South? It is long since
we have heard from Miriam and I heard those might be
------ through Kentucky. I am grateful that we are not
cut off from the comfort of hearing from you—our
relations here as usual. I always desire to be
remembered to you.

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God help you
my dear brother, --- with devoted affection your own
Becky Gratz

June 7th, 1861

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Date / time: 
May 8, 1861

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