18 May 1889, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sent 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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Included as an enclosure with this letter is one written by J. Peter Frautschi, dated 12 May 1889.


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Johann writes to say he is sending a long letter from their brother J. Peter, in which is discussed the recent death of his daughter, Elise. Johann discourses upon religious belief and on the abiding sinfulness of men.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

Commercial use prohibited. Copyright 2003, by the The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

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Created: 11 July 2003

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