Letter from Francis John Lindesmith to
John & Mary (Momenteller)
Blue Ridge, Jefferson Co., Illinois, November 10, 1860
My Dear friends, I take my pen in hand at this present time to let you
that we are all well at present, and hoping the few lines to find you
the same state of health.
Now I will inform you that we received your letter a few days ago,
was wrote last summer, which was about four months acoming. So we could
answer it any sooner.
You did not direct it to the nearest post office. Pleas direct
letters to Blue Ridge post office, Jefferson County, Illinois, and then
will come to my house in three days time, for I am postmaster of that
since last June, and I receive letters from New York, Philadelphia and
City in a five days time. I have received letters here in the
and they were mailed at Sent Louis, Mo. the same morning the distance
Now I do not know whether it is necessary for me to write very much at
I suppose Richard has given you the history of this country, But I will
you know that I shaked hands with Mr. Douglas the candidate for
of the Unided States about three weeks ago. Now I tell you he is a
man, and I have voted for him, and if he is not Elected it is not my
You stated in your letter that you would move to Misouri State, if you
pleas come past here perhaps we will go with you, we would like to see
and your family. We would like to have you as a neighbour once
we would be happy to take a good chat together and when we get to
how we will shoot deer and turkeys. Now Mr. Downes, you must not think
we forgot you, we are just as good friends as you have got, and Lusetta
like to see Mary Anne, and take a chat with her. Now I hope you will
this as soon as posible, and then I will write more.
Now I will state to you that David
K. Lindesmith has moved to Miskinggum
[Muskingum] County, Ohio, but I can't get any news from Jacob
any more. I do not know what is the reason, I have wrote the last to
and had no answer yet. Now I must close for this time. I have a good
letters to mail at present so you must excuse me for not writing mor at
time. So goodby my Dear friend.
John Lindesmith P.M. [post master]
Francis John's wife was Lucetta Elizabeth (Momenteller) Lindesmith
Mary Ann (Momenteller) Downs was her sister
Louisa (Momenteller) Lindesmith (wife of David K.) was her sister
Jacob Momenteller was her brother.