Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sarah Strauseight, 24 Oct 1875
Oct 24th \ 75
Dear Mrs Camfield & Anna
You have no doubt made up your mind that I am not going to write you again, but I think when I tell you that I have been Sick and that the Doctor has attended me three times a day to once for over Six week it will explain why you have not heard from me, and now I have not been out yet but am just up romed the house So I shall not write you much at this time. I had congestion of the Stomaic & bowels, caused by over doing they have forbid me to touch the Machine for two months, I have looked at your old place many a time out of my bed room window and wished it would Sink for I knew you were not there
I had our pictures taken in July but they did not suit me but I will send you one for fear I never have another now I want to hear from you right off tell me all about youselvs and if Mr MacKnights have come yet This is the first I have tried to write and you see it is miserable I need not tell you how well I should like to see you all for that you already know Lizzie has been kept busy doing what she could. She often wishes she could See you all. I have not got my slice of Butter through the P.O. yet do you hear from Joseph or has he been to see you yet. now I must say good bye for I am so tired. write soon be sure from
S.E. F. L Strauseight
S.E. Binns Buchanan
Lizzie was her daughter.
She says, "I have looked at your old place many a time out of my bed room window and wished it would Sink for I knew you were not there." In 1870 the Binns family lived in Buchanan Village and the Camfield family lived in Buchanan Township, so one of the families must have moved near to the other in the intervening five years. The Camfield's did tend to move fairly often.
I'm still unclear as to who the McKnight / MacKnight's are or why they were referenced.
Strauseight, Sarah E Binns. (Buchanan, MI) to “Dear Mrs. Camfield & Anna” [Sarah A. Wisner Camfield and Anna Camfield]. Letter. 24 October 1875. Digital Images 1-2. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1875 - 1876, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]