F&M6/V/2/12                                     1860 11 24 WR to ER Honolulu

 

Honolulu Nov 24th 1860

 

My Dear Elly,

 

  We had 3 mails at once on Wednesday, which brought us your letters of Sep 18th & Oct 30 (enclosing [pattern]) with the intelligence of the advent of the [    ] newcomers, and of the well being of the mothers thereof; upon which happy events, please receive our hearty congratulations, and also, best wishes for the welfare of the respective infants, male & female that have thus come into ³this breathing world² just too late to be counted in the census I suppose.  There, that sentence reminds me of Mr. Nicklebyıs style of talk, but let it go, for time presses, and I canıt throw this away to commence another, in more shipshape manner.

 

  Rebecca has been very busy for the last 3 weeks in preparing for the grand fair originated by the Queen for the benefit of the Native Hospital, she being one of the ladies selected to preside over as many tables, and I have been aiding her, as much as possible, even onto the making of toilet mats &c.

 

  The fair came off on Thursday evening & was [added at top of page ³All the contributions from home sold well²] successful beyond all expectations, realizing over $1,600.00.  A large sum for this place during hard times.  Rebecca & Mrs. Bishop joined tables, as did two other ladies, thus reducing the number to 4.  I acted as receiver of monies, and we took in $221.25, more than anyone else except the Queen, who had a 5th table to herself.

 

  We had a fortune telling Gipsey woman that Rebecca and I constructed, poetry by us two & by Mr. & Mrs. Austin, and she, to the hands of a pretty young girl made over $20.00, at only 12 ½ cents, a trail!

 

  With the 3 mails arriving the evening before the fair;  [   ] the have mail to leave to day, we hardly had leisure to read the news, much less to [   ] to paper.

 

  We hope John may remain at West Point, both on his account & on yours, but if he became so thoroughly dissatisfied at the beginning I fear he will give up the berth.

 

  And George has taken a partner in business, an indication of its increase beyond his own ability to attend to it, upon which he is to be duly congratulated!  In course of time I suppose the firm will be G. G. & Son!

 

  My lameness still compels me to use crutches and I have not walked farther than next door for two months:  I think it is now mending again & hope in two or three weeks  more to be able to go about with a cane only:  but should this happen it will of course be but a transient relief, as I must expect nothing better than to fluctuate between partial & entire lameness for the remainder of my days, be they long or few.

 

  Rebeccaıs health continues better – occasionally she has a sleepless turn, as on the night of the fair, but afterward sleeps naturally & well – A happy result for her and for me also.

 

  Your friend Mr. Mylles of ³Bonnets of blue² memory, gives a grand fancy ball next week to which he has not invited us, as he has not spoken to me, since our return here in 1856 because, I published him in the newspaper for making a false attack on Comm Jones, and thereby brought down on him for so doing, not only the Comm himself, but the U. S. Govt. thru the Commission here.  He has never forgiven me for this.  Nor will he even speak to Rebecca, not even at the Palace the other day when she went there to a meeting about the fair.  But he does not allow his ire to extend to all the family as is evident from his note to his benefactress Miss Elea Reynolds of 1829 Spruce Street.

 

  I will return you this Extraordinary Epistle by the next mail.

 

  By this time, the election fever has entirely subsided, and from all the indications that have reached us, I suppose Mr. Lincoln has been elected.  We shall receive this news about the 7th to 10th December.  The Pony Express – which brings us very recent intelligence greatly in advance of the mail – we have had dates from Turin by it as late as by the mail from N.Y.

 

  I hope you went to the opera & saw Baron Renfr[un] to your complete gratification & what may be more to the point, I hope the Baron saw you!

 

 

  Excuse a very bad & imperfect letter & with much love to all, mothers & babies particularly, I am ever affectionately

 

                                                                        Your brother

                                                                                    William

 

 

Miss Elea Reynolds

1829 Spruce Street

Philadelphia