[23 August 1868], Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This undated letter was written by John J. Frautschi from Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, and was sent to his brother Christian in Black Hawk, Sauk County, Wisconsin. The envelope is postmarked 23 August 1868. Although a large portion of the original letter has been torn away, the translator is able to construe the meaning of the sentences that remain. Only digital formats of the original letter and envelope, as well as the transcription and translation, are in the collection of the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Images courtesy of Janet Spaeth West and Rick Frautschi

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Johann writes that he is planning to establish himself independently as a cobbler and shopkeeper in New Albion, Iowa. He spoke with many people in the area, both English and German speakers, and received a great deal of encouragement for his plans. Johann asks Christian for 200 dollars to help him start his enterprise. He signs his letter John Jack Frautschi.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | English: 1, 2

Transliteration and translation: Robert S. Spaeth and Roger P. Minert, Ph.D.

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Created: 14 May 2003

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