L108 Civilian Letter

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L108 Civilian Letter

87.50

Written March 1862 on wonderful patriotic stationery depicting a soldier in full dress gear, armed with a rifle with bayonet, standing in front of a cannon, tent with flag and next to a stand of rifles all in red, white and blue - most handsome. This is a letter from Lewis Van Levin to his friend Nettie. Lewis is "going to school at Ovid Academia" and boards with a "nice young man...Lewis Graves." He asks her to give him the particulars regarding her decision not to go on a sleigh ride on New Years because she said she "didn’t like the company." He proceeds to tell her about a prank played on him and his roommate by another of the boarders - getting into their room and turning everything (including the bed) upside down. He writes about some of the other fellows writing letters to her and to other girls they know and he closes by bidding her goodnight "with a kiss."  In a post script written up the left margin, he writes, "Nettie if you only was here now, I __________________ don’t you think so." I guess he wants her to fill in the blank! He adds another little aside by writing next to the patriotic drawing, "It would be a joke if this soldier should get off from guard and go round in this letter and read what I have wrote wouldn’t it." A nice, four page letter, written in ink and full of good humor. Condition is excellent

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