This letter was writtem by Samuel D. Cliser in Virginia to his cousin Joshua Clizer in Missouri.
Rappahannock County, Va
August the 3rd, 1867
It brings such an immense elapse of time since we have wrtitten to each other that I have disremembered which wrote last, although that is a matter of no consequence with me, therefore I embrace the present opportunity to write a few lines to see if I can hear what has become of you all, and to know whether all or any of you have escaped the fatal blow of the wild and terrific deluge that has laid waste and destruction to our country. I have heard from you once or twice since we received a letter from you, but only once since the war closed and that's when Mr. Carter came from Missouri, he told us that you were in the land of the living though like a great many in this country have gone through many trials and hardships. I understand that cousin Charles has been very unfortunate in the late calamity in which I greatly sympathize with him. I also much regret the death of your mother and the other members of your family that have died since we received any correspondance with each other as therefore knowing it is a duty that developes upon us from the fact that we are related by the connecting ties of the blood of our ancestors; we should cherish feelings of respect and gratitude for each other, and not let the remembrance of our relationship be sunk into oblivion through absence and neglect. We have had a very hard time in this country during the late war in undergoing the hardships of exposure and trials and difficulties arising from the frequenting of the armies. I suppose you would like to know the price of produce flour is 12 to 14 dollars per barrel, wheat from 2.00 to 2.50, corn 85 cents, Oats 61 cents, rye 1.00. Milch cows from 30 to 40 dollars, beef is 7 and 8 cents per pound, horses are very high and scare. I forgot to tell you that all got through the war safe that is without being wounded or getting killed. Unkle Hary Lehew's family has been in bad health for sometime. Ambrose and Susan is thought to have the consumption, the balance have all got well. I don't know what was the matter with any of their relations, but are generally well. I must close as my paper is out. I will write more next time, please write soon and give me all the paticalas concerning the family as it has been so long since we have heard from any of you. The family all joins me i sending their love to you all, give my love to your brothers and sisters and reserve a portion for yourself. Mother say's she did think you would have neglected writting so long.
Samuel D. Cliser
This was written by Samuel Cliser to his cousin Joshua Clizer in Missouri.
June the 7th, 1868
Rappahannock County, Virginia
Dear Cousin, it has been so long since I received your letter that I am almost ashamed to date this, but it is with pleasure that I now seat myself to make a reply. I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner, and I will promise to do better next time. You stated in your letter that I should let you know what the boys are all doing. John is tanning near Sperryville at Captain Woodward's, he and Captain Woodward is in partnership. Ambrose is living in Luray selling goods for Joseph Crane at Lyonberger's old stand. Martin and myself are at home farming. The girls are all home with us except for Edith, she lives in Ohio, Licking County, near Newark. There is none of us who has been fortune enough to be united in wedlock, though I hope it will not be long before I can have that part to last of myself. And I also hope you got out of the hog trough before this time. Martin and myself have rented the farm this year. it has been so very wet here this Spring that it was almost impossible to put out a crop.
I am very sorry to hear of so many deaths in the family. Tell Mathias that it seems that he has forgotten us all as never get to hear from him. Tell him Mother said he must write and give her all the news from his part of the country. I have nothing of importance to write at presence. Produce is very high here now. Corn is $1.00 per bushel, rye $1.50, wheat $2.50 - $3.00 per bushel. Bacon from 12 to 15 cents per pound.
You asked me to send my photograph. It is some 20 miles to the nearest photographer, and I have not had the opportunity of having mine taken yet, but I will have it taken by the time you write again, and I will sedn it in my next letter, yours was received with great satisfaction to all the family. Tell your brothers and sisters they must have theirs taken and send them to me. I will now bring my scribbling to a close by asking you to write soon an give us all the news from that country. Please excuse bad writing and mistakes as I have written in a hury. Tha family all joins me in sending love to all, so nothing more, but remain your cousin until death.
Samuel D. Cliser