Emma Taylor Letters


Hanover students from GW143 "Autobiography: History" (Fall 2014), taught by Sarah McNair Vosmeier, transcribed these letters. The originals are available at the Duggan Library Archives, Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.).

Emma Taylor corresponded with her brother, J. Gordon Taylor, whose letters have also been transcribed.

For more on the people, places, and events discussed in the letters, see the Guide to the Elias Riggs Monfort Letter Collection. Other transcriptions and page images from the Monfort collection are also available.



Emma A. Taylor, letter to Joseph Gordon Taylor, 24 Jan. 1863 Folder 1, Box 7, Elias Riggs Monfort Collection, Duggan Library, Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.).
Transcription and research by Andrew Howard, HC 2018

Glendale F. C.

Jan. 24th 1863

My Dearest Gordon,

If you only knew how severe has been the disappointment to me, in not being able to send your box to you.  I shall never cease to regret that I did not insist on sending it during the Holidays when I was at home.  But we did not hear from you and Pa was so strongly opposed to try sending it for fear it would pass you on your way home.  I would much rather it had happened so than have it happen as it has.  But “what cannont be cured must be endured” however bitter the pill.  And I will insist on having my own way next time.  Today has been so warm and Spring like and the snow which has afforded So much pleasure to the fortunate ones is fast disappearing.  Last Wednesday evening I had a splendid sleigh ride and yesterday morning I was out from eight o clock till twelve.  But today the sleighing is gone and such a “sea of mud” and slush as we have.  Fortunately we are but any of us obliged to go out at all.  So we could enjoy the beautiful Spring like day without knowing anything about the mud.  Yesterday morning when we went out sleighing we rode out to a farm house where the people live in real country style.  And they treated us to apples, cake and hard cider.  We spent an hour very pleasantly and started home in excellent spirits, the effects somewhat of the cider.  I spent the remainder of the day with Carrie Yeatsman.  She is a real [smart?] girl and has a mighty nice little brother Dick who favors me occasionally with a smile?].  Mrs. Yeatsman is a sister of Genl. [Armnon’s?].  I had such a delightful time that I really dreaded my retur to the College last evening.  Such little innovations are so pleasant in a teachers life.  We are to have a grand wedding in Glendale Tuesday Evening.  The young lady has been waiting some time for her lover to come.  the day was set for last October and he could not get a furlough and has just now succeeded and that because his Reg. has re-enlisted.  He is a Capt. In the 4th O.V.C.  Capt. [Yeetors?].  did you ever hear such a horrid name.  I expect it will be a very brilliant affair.  Tot McLean is to be one of the bridesmaids.  I must tell you an item of news which I suppose will be hailed with joy by all the gentleman who have so long been martyrs and had their lives endangered.  Hoops are going out of fashion and some of the ladies are discarding them altogether.  Mine are scarcely visible and I dread the time when I will have to give them up.  What a beautiful looking [enalums?] we will all be.  Dressed up beanpoles.  They will soon be trying to crowd fort into the omnibuses that before held twenty.  G dear I think we are the martyrs.  I have had a good long letter from Call but I guess I told you of that in my last letter.  I have lately received Gerdie Lyons picture.  She has chaged but little.  Her face has a careworn sad expression, but she looks very much like the Gerdie of old.  I wish you could see it.  A note from Capt. Lee [Gargan?] says he will pay us a visit next week.  He is a Capt. That manages to come home quite frequently I think.  His [Emile?] is up here [next?] – Lee says he brought him up with him.  I do not think it is fair that some should be coming home every few months while others never have a furlough.  It was one year last Tuesday night since you were here and spent the last Evening with us before you were ordered South.  I never thought so long a time would pass before you returned.  I do so dread this opening campaign.

I know it will be fearful and I almost wish you would resign and come home. It seems as though  I had endured your absence just as long as it is possible. Kate has just come in and says for me to tell you that if it had been possible [she?] [strikeout: should] would have floated that box down with [theres?]. Enough [tears shed?] I guess.  Poor Lucy  [Derm?] has been summoned home she was [strikeout: sent] in hopes  she would reach them in time but her little brother d ied a few hours before she arrived. H e had dyphoid fever. I must try and write her a few words of consolation tonight.  She knows she has my heartfelt sympathies.  How I wish I knew where you are tonight, whether you have started for Knoxville.  It seems to me almost the last of creation for you to go there.  I shall send this letter to K. and if it gets there before you do well and good. I have not the slightest idea how you get to the place.  Do you have to go by water.  Did you ever receive the Diary we sent you if not let me know and I will try again.  Will Hodgens has gone into business for himself.  It is now “Richardson & Hodgins.”  He sent me his card yesterday.  The money you spoke of Col. Thompson’s giving to Will has not been received. Will has heard nothing of it.  What did you mean was Col. T to leave the City.  If so I would like to hunt the gentleman up and have him convey some things to you for me when he returns.  We are very much afraid that we are going to lose Dr. Robbins.  He is talking of leaving here and going to Covington.  I do not know what the Glendale people will do without him.  And we College folks are in a desperate fix.  Mrs. Ackley our Principal told him she wanted a peck of pills a bushel of Dones powders and perscriptions for every kind of disease before he left, as she will be the only one to administer to the ills of the girls.  We shall miss him for his house has been a kind of second home to us.  We go there whenever we feel inclined and do not have to put on our bonnet and best bib and tucker either.  Lizzie Ballantine is here on a visit do you remember her how she called you “Mr. Gordon” when she was introduced.  I will now bid you good night and finish this tomorrow.

Monday noon – I have but a few minutes for a dear good letter was received this morning.  I received a note from Dot and if nothing happens shall go to Piqua next Friday evening to stay until Monday so your list of the Staff came just in time.  We are both well and all send much love.  I am so sorry you are going to Knoxville, but we will hope that it is all for the best.  Write very soon and believe me as ever your aff

Sister Emma


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