New York City, New York January 21 1868 to Monroe, Louisiana
Zelotes Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh
I received your letter and was glad to hear from you and the children . We are all well and I hope that you are the same. Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] is here visiting with us just now. She is quite well now.
It has been very cold weather here with for two or three weeks, It has been snowing and raining since yesterday morning and it is storming yet. It has been very cold and we have had a great many snow storm this winter and the times are very hard here now. There are a great many people out of employment now. there are thousands of people walking the streets of New York looking for work. I think the spring will be a little brisker than it is now.
Malinda, you asked about brother Henry. He is in Virginia Cass Co Illinois. He is not very well He has a falen on his hand and has been quite sick with it for some time. His address is Henry V. E. Demarest Virginia Cass Co, Illinois
Mother will send in this letter twenty five dollars $25 to you and that is all that she can spare just now.
As Henry has been sick and not able to do anything She has had to assist him. Some this winter Mother would like to know how much schooling is a quarter there. She thinks it is very needful for the children to have an education and she would like them to have it –
And Mother would like to know if James Garret cannot write a letter to his Grand Ma. She would be much pleased to hear from him and you also. You can direct them to me and then I will send them to her. Or else you can direct them to Peter J. Demarest Paterson Passaic Co, New Jersey
So we will bid you goodnight.
Zeolotes G. Demarest 27 Barrow st New York City
Sister Kezia and Husband would like to hear from you. There directions are Helmagh R. Post Ridgewood Bergen Co, New Jersey