Interesting set of four plus letters written to an ex- Union soldier named Thomas W. Young who appears to be under some form of civil contract by the United States government in handling reconstruction efforts in Virginia.. The two main writers of the letters are from Mrs. Going to her husband and Thomas himself, and another envelope where his young son writes him about studying the Bible.
In a six-page letter dated July 23rd 1886 Thomas Young writes his sister from the Waverly House in Dixon, Illinois. The Waverly House opened in April of 1860 by John & Person Cheney and was owned by the railroad company and naturally located next to the depot. Additional information about the Waverly House can be found by reading The Diary and Letters of John Cheney. Mr. Going takes apparent patriotic pride when he affectionately opens the letter to his sister from Springfield, Illinois which he calls the "home of Lincoln".
The spiritual strength of the wife throughout these letters is evident and quite touching and spiritually penetrating. Her lamentations remind me of one of my favorite bible verses from Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
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