The author of this letter signed his name Michael Cash but there are too few clues in the letter to confirm his identity. He indicates that he has a wife but doesn’t give her name. He indicates that he has property in Cape May as well as Pennsylvania but that he has decided to sell them at return to the “old country” which I assume in Ireland. He is barely literate.
The letter was written to Henry Fritzinger who was probably the son of Henry Fritzinger (1779-1863) and Deborah Sloan (1796-18xx) of Cape May Court House, New Jersey. The recipient was probably also the same individual by that name serving as a private in Co. K, 1st New Jersey Regiment during the Civil War.
Addressed to Mr. Henry Fitzinger, Williamsburg, New York
Cape May, New Jersey
August 4th 1855
Mr. Henry Fitzinger
Dear Sir, I take the opportunity to write these few lines to you hoping they will find you in good health as this leaves me and family at present, but in a place that I never was before — last night, that is — in the court house jail. Dear friend, my wife got a letter from you while I was in Philadelphia and it stated to me that you were to be on Cape Island on the 27th of July — you and one of your friends — and that you wanted to know if I would sell the place I bought off you or if I would sell the Pennsylvania place. I will sell both of them and 17 acres that I bought of Mr. Brick that place both sides of he road leading from your old place to the road leading from the Bay side to the court house. The adjoining lands of Richard Thompkins, Leroy Cousin, and Jerry Cousin, and others. I will sell them right as I have my mind made up to go back to the old country next Spring. If you or any of your friends want to come and see them and if we ___ Samuel Eldridge is satisfied to let one thousand dollars lay by giving a mortgage and pay the interest yearly. That is his offer to me and I think that he will do it to you or you come and see the place and write to me so I will be home. No more at present. I remain your affectionate friend, — Michael Cash
Direct your letter to the Court House for Michael Cash