1857: Pleasant Hunter to Eliza Hunter

Linden Hall Seminary in early 1800s

Linden Hall Seminary in early 1800s

This letter was written by Pleasant Hunter (1809-1894), the son of Peter Grubb Hunter (1764-1838) and Elizabeth Vaughan (1777-1850). He was married to Margaret Smyser (1819-1893). Besides owning the Hunter Mill and being an innkeeper is Wiseburg, Hunter was also the Post Master.

Hunter wrote the letter to his 15 year-old daughter, Elizabeth “Eliza” Hunter (1842-1887). Other siblings mentioned include Thomas Jacob Hunter (1845-1912), Mary E. Hunter (1847-1930), Silas W. Hunter (1849-1922), Pleasant S. Hunter (1855-1894) and Clara Smyser Hunter (1843-1859). Eliza attended the Linden Hall Seminary in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Several of her letters are housed in the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan under Hunter Family Correspondence 1856-1866.

Hunter’s house in Wiseburg is a Historic Property in Maryland.

Stampless Letter

Stampless Letter


Addressed to Miss Eliza Hunter, Linden Hall, Lititz P. Office, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Wiseburg [or Weisburg], Maryland
March 19th 1857

Dear Daughter,

We received your letter last week and was happy to hear you were well. Your grandma is about as usual. We are all well at present and hope the receipt of this may find you the same. The measles are all around us but have not reached our place yet. Thomas, Mary & Silas are all going to school and seem to make considerable progress in learning. Pleasant & Clara often talk of you. I miss you very much

About the chickens, I have been trying to contract with Tommy & Mary as to the care of them. Your mother has some 8 or nine hens that will hatch this month and I hope we will be able to give you some young chicken to eat when you come home at vacation. The little girls are often enquiring about you at school. Your Uncle Peter & John & Thomas family are all well. Thomas himself, I understand this morning is complaining with his old complaint. We had a considerable snow here on Friday night last. It was some three or four inches deep and in Baltimore from 14 to 18 inches but all melted against night. It is now snowing & raining considerable & is very muddy bad traveling.

I must now close as the mail is at hand. Nothing more at present but remain your affectionate father, — Pleasant Hunter

P.S. Your mother, brothers & sisters all send their love to you. Amy Carr is sorry she can’t see you. Eliza is much better & they talk of going away to Mary Starr’s the middle of next month. Write soon & let me know how you are progressing in music &c. Put a little note in your letter to Clara.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Civil War Letters of George Messer

Company F, 107th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Jeff's Prayers are as Effective as Abe's

The Civil War Letters of George S. Youngs, 126th New York Vols

Soldiering is a Very Uncertain Game

The Civil War Letters of Lemuel Glidden, Co. K, 145th Indiana Infantry

Tough as a Pitch Pine Knot

Letters of John Whitcomb Piper, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery

An Honorable Peace

The Civil War Letters of Frank B. Knause, 6th Michigan Infantry & Heavy Artillery

Looking for a Rebel to Give him a Pop

Letters to & from Sgt. John Henry Ward, 93rd PA Inf

Civil War Letters of William H. H. Kinsey

Co. H, 28th Illinois Infantry

Spared & Shared 14

Saving History One Letter at a Time

The 1863 Diary of Thomas Wilbur Manchester

A Rhode Island Soldier in the American Civil War

The Daniels/Stone Digital Archives

A Collection of Family Civil War Era Letters & Ephemera

Spared & Shared 13

Saving Civil War History One Letter At A Time

Spared & Shared 12

Saving history one letter at a time

Dear Nellie

Civil War Letters of Thomas L. Bailey

Homefront Letters to Mark Rankin

Co. B, 27th Massachusetts Vols.

These Troubling Times...

The Civil War Letters of William H. Walton, Co. B, 3rd New Hampshire

Reluctant Yanks

The Civil War Letters of Joseph F. & B. Franklin Orr, Co. F, 76th Ohio Infantry

Hunting rebels as a dog would a fox....

The Civil War Letters of George W. Scott of Co. I, 46th Massachusetts (Militia)

The Civil War Letters of William Hunt Goff

Company H, 24th Massachusetts

The Charles Wetmore Broadfoot Letters

Aide de Camp to Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes

Spared & Shared 11

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Billy Yank & Johnny Reb Letters

Civil War Letters Transcribed by Griff

To the Front

The Civil War Letters of David Brett, 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery

Dear Jack

Letters received by Dr. John William Crapster O'Neal

For the Union

Civil War Letters of William Freeland, Co. F, 132nd New York Infantry

I shall be Willing to Suffer

The Civil War Letters of Marquis Lafayette Holt of the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry

"Shall the Union be Preserved?"

The Civil War Letters of William Henry Hodgkins -- Co. B, 36th Massachusetts

The Civil War Letters of William Busby

A Private in Co H, 20th Iowa Vols

Diary of Henry Knox Danner

The Civil War Experience of a Private in Co. K, 30th Pennsylvania Infantry (1862-1864)

%d bloggers like this: