August 19, 1864 letter to Sarah Keith from Edwin Crawford

August 19, 1864

To: Sarah Keith

From: Edwin Crawford, Burlington, IA

He is railroading as usual. Spent a week with his family in Dowagiac. Mother was there too. Speaks of Mary. Mother has gone to Niles to visit Henry.


Burlington Iowa          Augst 19th 1864

Dr Sister

It has been a long time sinse I have had a letter from you, and for fear I am in debt to you, I thought I would drop you a line to in form you that I am well and Rail Roading it as usual. I spent a week with my Family in Dowagiac the first of July, when Mother[1] come. We was all glad to see her and I think she enjoid herself well. I bid Mother & Mary[2] good by on Sunday morning July 10th and left them all well. Sinse I learned from Mary that Mother has gone to Niles to spend a week with Henrys[3] folks and then I expect she will come and stay to or three months with Mary. I have no news that would interest you. I suppose Luke[4] has gone to Wisconsin. I hope he may Do well with his Pattent Bed[5]. I hope these few Lines will find you and your Family enjoying good health. Give my respects to Luke and I will bib you good by for this time.

This is from your affectionate Brother

E.W. Crawford

[1] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[2] His wife, Mary (Hamilton) Crawford

[3] His brother, Henry Crawford

[4] Sarah’s husband, Charles Luke Keith Jr.

[5] At one point, Luke spent quite a bit of time on the road selling “bed bottoms,” a form of rubberized bedsprings

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