Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois
Bridgeport, Polk County, Oregon Territory
Rufus Smith writes to his aunt Matilda Smith about his experience boarding at Squire Whitman's while going the Monmouth school, his teachers and the subjects taught. An addendum to his cousin describes his new baby brother, John Butler Smith. A further addendum from Isaac Smith describes their mother's visit when the baby was born, general economic news, politics of possible statehood and an end to the Indian war, and prices of commodities.
Butler Family Letters, MSS 2
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Smith, Rufus and Smith, Isaac, "Letter to Matilda Smith from Rufus Smith and Isaac Smith" (1856). Butler Family Letters (Transcripts). 80.