September 1, 1852 letter to Luke Keith from Sarah Keith

September 1, 1852                

To: Charles Luke Keith Jr.             

From: Sarah Keith, Dowagiac, MI

Sarah’s father is still alive but they don’t expect him to live much longer. He wants to live until David gets there. Edwin contracted cholera in Chicago and came home. They thought he was going to die also, but it appears he will pull through.


Dowagiac        Sep the 1, 1852

Dear Husband

Wednesday morning 9 oclock I can say I have a Father[1] yet in the land of the living but probably before this reaches you he will in the spirit world. To look at him and hear him breathe it does not seem possable according to human observation for him to live the day out. The Doctors gave him up last night. O the trying sene to stand by the dying bed of a dear parent.[2] David[3] is not here. We expect him this afternoon. Pa is very anxious to live till he comes. Edwin[4] is very sick. The Docters says he must have the best of attendence or he cannot get well. He was attacted with the colery in Chicago. He came home as soon as possible Sunday. They hadnt any hopes of him. If he had not have had a strong constitution he could not have lived. Father being in the situation he is has had a bad effect on him. This morning he took to vomiting & purging again we have stoped it on him and hope for the best. Mother[5] is about crazy. I have not slept any since I come here worth mentioning. My hand trembles so I can scarcly write. I feel very anxious about you and the children.[6] I do hope you will keep well. Kiss babe[7] for me. I will write again in a few days.

Sarah C Keith

[1] Hiram Crawford Sr., Sarah’s father

[2] Hiram died the next day, September 2, 1852

[3] David (D.C.) Crawford, Sarah’s brother

[4] Edwin Crawford, Sarah’s brother

[5] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford

[6] Lois and Henry Keith, Luke’s children by his first wife, Minerva Payson, and Ethan and Nancy, Luke & Sarah’s children

[7] Sarah’s daughter, Nancy Catherine Keith, was born July 9, 1852


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