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William Haley letter from Savannah to his daughter Elzira, 1865

Contributed by Sebago Historical Society

William Haley, Jr. writes to his daughter, Elzira, that his health is not very good but improving. He had colic and “diarreah” since the 4th but he cured himself with “a bottle of brandy & some loaf sugar.” He saw the doctor every day and was given pills and powders but he did not take many of them. “There is others sick the same as I was that have taken the pills & powders and grow worse instead of better.”

He sends a ten dollar bill of confederate money which he states he bought for 10 cents on the dollar. He tells his daughter to “tell uncl Seth that I should like to be there & race him a little into the cellar & have some good cool cider.”

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  • Title: William Haley letter from Savannah to his daughter Elzira, 1865
  • Creator: Haley, Jr., William
  • Creation Date: 1865-07-10
  • Subject Date: 1865-07-10
  • Local Name: Convene, Steep Falls
  • Town: Gorham, Savannah, Sebago, Standish
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: GA, ME
  • Media: ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 12.5
  • Local Code: W4.20
  • Collection: Haley Family Letters
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Sebago Historical Society
PO Box 59, Sebago, ME 04029
(207) 787-2489

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