This State of Wonders: The Letters of an Iowa Frontier by John Kent Folmar

By John Kent Folmar

Whilst the loo Hugh Williams relatives immigrated to Homer, Iowa, within the 1850s, they'd six youngsters, ranging in age from 5 to 20. without warning land terrible, in debt, and stuck within the Panic of '57, they despatched their eldest son, James, to Georgia to paintings and upload to the kinfolk source of revenue. The seventy-five letters accumulated right here characterize the family's correspondence to their absent son and brother. From 1858 to 1861, James' sisters, brothers, mom, and father wrote to him usually, each one with particular perspectives on their lifestyle and struggles. whereas Mr. Williams wrote mainly approximately funds, farming, and ethical recommendation (he was once minister within the Church of recent Jerusalem, in addition to a service provider and farmer), Mrs. Williams commented on her day-by-day chores, the family's well-being, the ever-important climate, and her rest actions, together with the modern journals and books she learn, reminiscent of David Copperfield and Jane Eyre. James' sisters and brothers wrote approximately many matters, from schoolwork and home tasks to video games and relations celebrations in within reach Webster urban. because the letters proceed, the love for the absent James turns into extra suggested. And, because the years cross by means of, the letters contact on extra present nationwide developments, together with the Pikes height Gold Rush and the transforming into North/South obstacle, on which James and his family members strongly disagree. James used to be by no means to come to Iowa yet married and remained in the South, changing into a lieutenant colonel within the accomplice military. whole with voices either old and young, female and male, This nation of Wonders bargains a wealth of data in regards to the lifestyle of a typical family members at the Iowa prairie. it's a publication to be valuable by means of all Iowans attracted to the adolescence in their kingdom and by way of all historians searching for a whole portrait of relatives lifestyles at the midwestern frontier.

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He saw the power of associative industry in action, when confidence was well placed and recomended it to his sons, sufice it to say they followed his advice. And tho they fortune on which he started them was but moderate, they soon became the Bankers of Europe, and now are at the head of the monetory affairs of the Civilized World. Let these conditions existIndustry, Honesty, Cooperation, Intelligence, and Confidence. . . [J. H. html2010-11-6 9:57:45 page_18 next page > page_19 < previous page page_19 next page > Page 19 Mr Tucker says that Mr Butterworth will build out on Bruchy [Creek] next spring and go to farming and raising stock 28 I wish you were a little shorter or a little taller so that your pockets would miss the door nobs how do you get along now when you have no one to mend for you We all send our love to you Rebecca <><><><><><><><><><><><> From J.

O[sborne]'s beautiful compliment is stronger than words in your favor. I have no doubt but you deserve his confidence and esteem. Continue to discharge your duties and you will maintain it, and be happy. But bear in mind a man may do his duty from two sources. He may do it from the Lord, or from himself. In the external form the actions may be a like, but internally, they are as different as sound and rotten fruit, as light and darkness, as summer when all is life, and winter when all is drear and desolate, as different as the carnal and Spiritual mind.

Though he had purchased the lots in Homer for speculative purposes, with the economic recession he was forced to raise crops on them. He was not a merchant, but he did achieve some initial success in his small watch and jewelry shop, where he also sold trade goodsflour, coffee, sugar, and some groceries. With little or no money available, he had great difficulty in collecting debts owed to him. As the economic situation worsened in Homer, he was forced in late 1858 to move his workbench and small stock to the house.

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