9 September 1868, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi from New Albion, Butler County, Iowa, and was sent to his brother Christian in Black Hawk, Sauk County, Wisconsin. 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 thanks Christian for sending 200 dollars. He reports spending the money on leather and groceries, as well as a scale. He has high hopes for his prospects as a cobbler in the area, but confesses that he needs to learn English to succeed in his business.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

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Created: 14 May 2003

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