|Collection||Chapin A. Harris Family Papers|
|Title||Letter from Eliza Stewart to Amanda Clute|
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Letter from Eliza Stewart to Amanda Clute
January 20, 1861
Eliza is glad that Amanda has recovered from her recent illness-she thought that she was going to hear bad news, and she and Amanda are all that are left of their family. She suggests that Amanda come to stay with Eliza for the winter, as Amanda's house is not built for winter. Eliza has had a very pleasant winter so far, although her health is not good. She blames heartache after the death of their brother, and takes heart in knowing that she will see him again. She tells Amanda about Chapin's family and what Chapin has done with his fortune after his death. She also asks if Amanda is aware of the commotion in the country, throwing them into a "state of disorganization and anarchy," and condemns the "torrent of passion and rage that threatens the overthrow of our beautiful and glorious republic. Finally, she asks about other members of the family.
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