17 May 1869, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was sent by John J. Frautschi from St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota, and is addressed to his brother Christian in Madison, 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 describes the troubles he had getting to the land in Minnesota that he had purchased. He seems inclined to sell this land and move yet again, most likely to Iowa or Wisconsin. At the end of his letter he asks how Christian's business in Madison is doing, and asks if there might be work there for him as a cobbler or grocer.

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: 19 May 2003

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