Two Letters from Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory, 1857 "The Indians are killing folks not far from here"

Offered are two letters, one from George A. Salsig and the other from Mrs. Ginnette Hicks.  George and Ginnette have gone out to Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory to make a go of it.  Both letters were sent to Jefferson Salsig in Three Rivers, Michigan and come with covers addressed to that location, one with a 3 cent stamp and the other not stamped.  In the letter from Ginnette Hicks, writing her sister (care of Jefferson Salsig). 

There are some great lines: 

  • “…you can’t think how I feel here in this wild country for the Indians are killing folks not far from here and I wish you could see the history of the Indian massacre here.  It would make your blood run cold.”
  • “Perhaps you think there is nothing going on here to pass the time, but there is more going on here in the way of amusements than there is there.  We have Singing Schools, Glee Clubs, and something going on almost every evening.  We have church (in the School House) every Sunday morning and choir singing in the afternoon.  We have a better Paper printed here than you do there, got more Hotels (two good ones), and three Boarding Houses which are all full to overflowing with Boarders; have boats land here almost every day and sometimes four a day.  These do us as well as your One Horse Rail Road does for you.  I tell you this is a fast country.”

Much of the rest of the content of both letters gives good information on how life was as farmers and a store keeper in this new territory.  Both letter are written in ink.  The ladies on a legal size, beige colored paper and the man’s on blue stationary.  Both are in fine condition. Have fun reading them! 

#W43 - Price for the pair $135

Transcription for the first letter:
                                                                                                                May the 17th

                Dear Sister,

            As I have not heard from you in a long time I thought I would write
you a few lines to let you know that we are all well at present and I hope
these few lines will fine you the same.  Ruth, I don’t see why you can’t write
 to me a little oftener or have you forgot me.  I hope you haven’t for
you can’t
think how I feel here in this wild country for the Indians are killing folks not
 far from here and I wish you could see the history of the Indian massacre
here.  It would make your blood run cold.

            Ruth, does Ashley Banks live there for we have not heard from them
in sometime.  I wrote a letter to Olive to find out if I had a sister living in
 Lockport.  I got a letter from Mary two weeks ago.  She said Celie had got
 a pretty baby and she loved it as well as through it were hers and I would
like to know if your California boy is coming along some for my part I am
 all right on the up & up.  Betsey was just here.  She sends her love to you
and says she is all right on the gender game and her family is well.  Ruth,
we have got 12 acres of wheat and 14 acres of oats and it looks very nice
and twelve acres of corn and a good one.  I have got me a new pair of
gators.  They cost three dollars and I sent four pounds of butter to town to
 help pay for them.  Butter is worth two shillings a pound.  We have got our
 garden all made and the thing is up and looks good.  It rains here very
hard today and has for three days.  Henry and Avery has gone today to
get a pig and he has to pay five dollars for it.  They are very high here.  If
we and Tony’s folks should eat any meat I know it would make us sick for
we are not use to it.  But Oh!  What a place this is.  It won’t hold me longer
 than fall.  Ruth, please see Mr. Chull and see if he ain’t agoing to close up
the administration some.  You had better have him do something with the
 mortgage for the cost is eating up the principle, and I need my share very
 bad, and if he won’t do that, find out how much there will be apiece and
sell my share to somebody.  Right soon and let me know and if you can’t
answer this letter I have to come and see you when I come back.  We have
 got a nice little colt and expect to have another soon, and tell Jeff that our
 mares is as nice as a peacock and black as coal.  Ruth, I walked clear over
 to James to send your head dress and father Hicks had gone before I got
there.  No more at present.   My love to you all.  Is Jeff home?  I don’t hear
anything from him.

                                                                        Mrs. Ginnette Hicks


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