Letter from Selissa to Benjamin
 February 1862
Chauncey's parents
Benjamin was in Wisconsin doing carpentry work.

Springville Feb

Dear B             I guess you wonder why you donít get a letter from home.  Well Sylvia came home about the same time that we received your letter and staid apart of two weeks and then I went home with her and staid over two weeks had a good visit- came home and found things all right.  Will managed to take care of himself- we get along verry well get our bread and meat to Guilds-Campbell  let me have thirty five cents that he collected that is all. Mr. Allens sawmill brought me five dollars and I ear a little money every week you know so we get along first rate we have all been well and that has been a great blessing we have had a verry mild winter so far.  Tho is it snowing now like a big storm it comes from the northeast like a hurrycane.  We had a letter last week from Chauncey he was well then he is in Alexandria- havenít you received a letter from him yet- lest you have not I will write you his address Company A 64 Regt NY 86 Alexandria Virginia Care of Captain Washburn


I suppose you have heard of the great victory in Kentucky.  I do hope the war will soon come to a close so the poor souldiers can go home.  Chauncey seems in tolerable good spirits I hope you are well and enjoying yourself in trying to make yourself and others happy around you- donít worry about us at home we are getting along verry well.  Will keeps a horse yet he manages to get his own horse feed yet and he has got him some new cloths.  Sylvia wonders you donít write to her- Her woodhouse in Listern remain the same as you left them.  She has got her lime and means to have her listern made in the spring- I now expect Mr. Holmans folks to stay here another year if they do that will help us to live- I mean a part of the rent will go to pay interest money.  I do wish Will could get something to do.  Canít he come and work with you if he would uncleís folks are well so far as I know  Will and I are going down there when the storm is over to get some buttermilk and do you have a little milk once in a while we donít have any now.  Yet we have no reason to complain it is better with us than we deserve a great deal.  I think I can truly say- Surely goodness and mercy has followed us all the days of our lives notwithstanding all the ills that have seemed to befall us.  Whom the lord loveth he chasteneth- and we know that we have gone astray and if he takes such mild means to bring us to acknowledge him havenít we great reason to rejoice in him and be thankful for the mercies we do enjoy


Deacon Miner is married to Janus Perpams widow it seemed he had been looking around sometime for a wife finally old Albro took to helping him.  She is some years older than he is I donít think of eny more news worth mentioning. 

Please give my good wishes to Lucian and wife hoping that they are enjoying life as they are passing along

yours affectionately Selissa P. Joslyn

I hope you will be prosperous in all your undertakings and when you think best to come home we shall all be glad to see you- I hope you wont wait so long as I have before you write again and I shall be there to answer it. Yours for life