Ruth Mayhew letter to Rebecca Usher, Ottawa, Kansas, 1866
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Ruth Swett Mayhew (1822-1875) wrote to Rebbeca Usher (1821-1912) of Hollis with whom she had served as a nurse during the Civil War about mutual friends, politics, and other issues. Mayhew, a widow, was in Kansas, teaching at the Ottawa Agency, an Indian reservation. She apologized for not writing sooner, citing a number of things that had gotten in the way, including that how that she was no longer in the army, she would not write letters on the Sabbath. At the end of her letter, Mayhew wrote, "What think you of our President? Do you not often think of the remark you made in regards to him, on your return from Washington after the inauguration. I do." Usher had apparently said that "the vice president amounts to but little if the president lives." Mayhew referred to Andrew Johnson, who became president after Lincoln's assassination.