|Object Name||Letter, Original|
|Date||February 16, 1957|
|Scope & Content||
Letter: original letter written by J.P. Hunt to "Dear Brother", from Monroe, Ohio, dated Feb. 16th, 1857.
Monroe, Ohio Feb. 16th/57
As you promised to write first, but did not do it. I thought I would, and let you know how I am. After Mike left on at Sharon I had a pretty good time, their were seven that had to ride in that old square carriage. I had a quilt to put over me and I kept very warm, their was in the back, a datehiman who had been married but a few days and we had a great deal of sport over him. Jim Lefferman was in Monroe, Saturday, trying to sell goods for a firm in New Gorkeity, he enquired after you all, and said that Father had the care of him till he was thirteen years old, he (?) that he was sick and Father doctored him.
I amused myself last Saturday with the rest of the boys rabling through the woods, in search of sugarwater and we found some too, I had as much syrup as I could drink, we also had a very pleasant time and returned home about four o'clock in the evening. As Saturday was valentines day, I suppose you received no less than half a dozen for my part I received three very nice ones from some of the girls in town. I'm tented to send a pretty one to Lou but the mails does not come through here till nine o'clock in the morning and does not make connections at Sharon so it would not reach you for Tuesday the 17th and I thought was too late. It has been raining here a day or two and I wish it would stop, for it makes everything look so dreary, if I was down home, I would not care, but as I am here in this town, it make a great deal of difference. Most all the boys here, in school know that I do not like to come, they are always asking me why I appear so still, and unhappy, I asked them what made them think so, they said because they often see me away from the rest of the boys, walking and paying no attention to what is going on. I do not see why Mother wanted me, to stay here, fourteen more long weeks, the session will be out four weeks from Wednesday, Feb. 18th and I will be so glad for I do not want to stay here any longer in this town. I have now been here two sessions, and that was one too long. I believe what Mr. Aten says, he think their is no ambition, in the scholar, that go to these one horse schools there is but very few classes very far advanced, and the boys, do not care wether they study or not _______________ excuse this poor writing.
Bust very few of the boys see coming next session, there will be about twenty and no more, and most of them small fellows. I was talking with one of the boys today and he did not think there would be that many, in fact it is nothing but a district school after all. Mr. Morton of Middletown has given up his shool and I believe this old academy will have to do the same. The mumps are very bad in this town, and I would not be much surprised, but what if I would catch them. If I do, I will have to be shut up in the old (?), where I sleep and that will be so lonesome. I will have to hire some one to keep company for I could not stand it here alone. If the weather is pleasant I will go up to the farm next Saturday and collect that money from the old dutchman unless Father comes up with some fruit trees as he was speaking about. I hope you are all well, and enjoying yourself fine. Accept much love from your brother.
P.S. I expect Father forgot to send that letter to Richard Hunt. Excuse this writing as I was in a hurry.