date(s):
1839-1861
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Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0999 Mayer Family Papers Inventory of Mayer Family Papers A0999 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:36:34 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Mayer Family Papers Mayer family Byrne, Flora Smith, 1808- A0999 0.3 Cubic Feet (4 folders) 1839-1861 Processing Information Processed by Alexis Paz, September 2013. Donor Information The collection was donated by Mrs. John B. Sylvester, step-daughter of Francis [Frank] Blackwell Mayer of Augusta, Georgia. The collection has been in the possession of the Missouri Historical Society Archives as early as 1936. Biographical Sketch Mrs. Eliza Mayer [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer], daughter of Captain Francis Blackwell and Deborah Robinson Blackwell, was born on August 27, 1803, in Baltimore, Maryland. After her mother’s death, she was fostered by Dr. James Smith and Ann Smith of Baltimore. In 1827, Eliza married Mr. Charles F. Mayer, an established lawyer. She had two sons, Francis [Frank] Blackwell Mayer and Alfred Marshall Mayer. Flora Smith, daughter of Dr. James Smith and Mrs. Ann Smith, was born on August 26, 1808, in Baltimore, Maryland. Flora and Eliza were raised as sisters. In 1835, Flora Smith married Dr. Edmond Byrne, and relocated to Byrnham Wood near Winchester in Clark County, Missouri, in 1843. She gave birth to three children, Lizzie, Jamie, and Annie. Lizzie (1844) and Jamie (1847) both died while residing in Byrnham Wood. The Byrnes relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1851 to better Annie’s education. Dr. Byrne was practicing medicine in 1865 while Flora Byrne was conducting a school for girls. Much is unknown of their life in St. Louis. Scope and Contents The Mayer Family Papers consist of the correspondence of Flora Byrne to Mrs. Charles F. Mayer. Describes her life and family at Byrnham Wood in Clark County near Winchester, Missouri. Includes correspondence from various members of the family in Baltimore, Maryland. The letters contain many sidelights on the state of development in that day, mention well-known characters, and show the facilities for transportation between the Atlantic seaboard and St. Louis. The latest letters, dated in 1861, document Civil War movements in St. Louis and Baltimore. The collection also includes miscellaneous correspondence regarding the donation and the drawings of Francis [Frank] Blackwell Mayer. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Mayer Family Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Cholera -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- 1849 Families -- Missouri Farms -- Missouri Fires -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- 1849 Missouri -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Slaves -- Missouri Spiritualism United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], [Baltimore], to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer]. Gives news of the day. A whole cavalcade of equestrians rode up this afternoon and induced Miss Gwynn to ride with them. Can you lend me a dress suitable for a ball? I want to give Annie a party the last of the week. Can Mary, Alfred, Charley, and Lewis come? Individuals mentioned include Mary Eskridge, Mary Smith, Edmond Byrne, Mary, Alfred, Charley, Lewis, Frank, Annie, Dr. Byrne, Miss De Lourcy, Dr. William A. Clendinen, David Williamson, Miss Wright, Mr. De Lourcy, Ann, Mother, Father, Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Hekamp, Sarah Gwynn, Mr. Austin, and Ben. Places mentioned include Pleasant Green. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] [1839] 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I feel that news of the “Missouri settlers” will be well received. Our cabin is built of the best logs and though it boats no ceiling, the roof is weather tight. Describes her home and its ornaments. Asks for news of various members of the family. We did not remain long in St. Louis but intend to return in January and deliver the letters which Mr. Mayer furnished us. Individuals mentioned include Mammy Moore, Poors, Mrs. Burnap, Mrs. Skinner, Mary Spear, Lord Wellesley, Miss Pardoc, Henry, Mr. Mayer, Annie, Mother, and Edmund. Places mentioned include Missouri, St. Louis, Virginia, and Ohio. (4 pages) [1839] Nov 10 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Saint Louis, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Thanks her for kindness to daughter Annie. The little I have seen of this city disposes me to like it as a western residence. “You would be surprised at the success with which music is cultivated here.” Baltimore cannot boast of such a fine violinist as Mr. Fallon or so exquisite a flute as Mr. Carriere’s. “The people are by no means hospitable.” They distrust strangers and even pay no attention to letters of introduction. Mrs. Major Lee lives here in great style. She called on me six weeks ago. Mrs. Hoffman is my most agreeable acquaintance. Sends copy of note she had just received from her. Expect to leave here in March, go to the cabin, and make preparations for the garden, etc., and see you by April 20th. Note in pencil on back to Mary from Eliza C. Mayer stating she sends Flora’s letter for her to read. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Flora, Mary, Annie, Charley, Mr. Fallon, Mr. Carriere, Mr. Mayer, Mrs. Major Lee, Mrs. Dr. Hoffman, Mrs. Rhodes, Mrs. Elliot, Madame Cauderbeck, Madame Trefonti, Mr. Read, and Edmond. Places mentioned include Baltimore and St. Louis. (4 pages) 1840 Feb 6 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Saint Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Eliza Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I have learned that you are complaining of a sore eye. Be careful during March and do not expose yourself to the winds. Feel deeply for Mary in the loss of her mother. I dislike living here in a hotel. I have scarcely seen St. Louis, but my circle of acquaintances is increasing. Mrs. D. Hoffman is one of my friends. Sends one of her poems about a lady boarder. Individuals mentioned include Dr. Laidley Hoffman, Mr. Stickney, Flora, Father, Madame Trefonti, Madame Cauderbeck, Aunt Flora, Mother, Mary [Spear], William Spear, and Mrs. Marriott. Places mentioned include Baltimore, St. Louis, London, Paris, and America. (4 pages) 1840 Feb 23 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Our dear Aunt Flora has just arrived sage and sound. Let me know how my darling is. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora and Mrs. Robert. Places mentioned include Cincinnati. (2 pages) [1840] Nov 15 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Boys [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I feel that occasionally you boys must have something more tangible than news of my health and I do not want you to forget that there is somebody in the west who is deeply interested in your advancement. I wish you, Frank, could draw me a pretty Gothic structure and I’d give you your 7% in butter and cream. Tells Charley about little pony, Kate, who would take him over prairie for long rides. Also mentions Lewis and Alfred. Individuals mentioned include Mother, Charley, Mr. Fletcher, Dr. Byrne, Lewis, Alfred, Kate, Annie, Margaret, Lapsly, Nancy, Audumtla, Blossom, Cherry, Fair Star, Pink, James, and Frank. (4 pages) [1843] June 25 1 1 Letter signed Flora C. Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Aunt Flora [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Very sorry that you had not been paid but feel you will get it soon as Mr. Mayer should get money from John Wyse. We have been without a dollar all winter but we raise everything on the farm and so want nothing. I would like my grandmother’s miniature from my mother’s trunk. Hopes that Eliza’s child will be a girl. I wish Henry had selected St. Louis rather than Buffalo. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Bonaparte, Issac, Benjamin, Henry, Mr. Skinner, Edmond, and John Wyse. Place mentioned include Baltimore, Pikesville, St. Louis, and Buffalo. (4 pages) 1844 Jan 26 1 1 Letter signed Flora C. Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. We have had little winter this season. Harriet presented us with a little man servant and I christened him Alexander. Lucy is going to marry one of our negro men, Billy. It will mean that we must build another cabin. I enclose a notice about our Christmas dinner from a paper published in Paris, fifty miles away. Wishes Aunt Flora were safely here. Hopes Mrs. Saunders does not wait until July because Ohio will not be safe on account of low water and sickness. Individuals mentioned include Mary Spear, Aunt Flora, William Clendinen, Shepherdass, Edmond, Mrs. Saunders, Annie, Mr. Fletcher, Frank, Mary Brantz, Mr. Burnap, Lucy, Bill, Mr. Abernathy, Harriet, and Alexander. Places mentioned include Ohio [River], Paris, and Monroe County. (4 pages) 1844 Feb 3 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Our dear little Lizzie is gone. She died yesterday during a convulsion. Jamie and Annie both have the measles. It is so hard to bear and there is no one to come in and say they grieve for us. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Lizzie, James Edmond, and Annie. (3 pages) [1844] Feb 9 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Sorry to hear of death of old Mrs. Mayer but I did not think she would long survive her husband. Just today a week we laid our Lizzie in her grave. Annie has been gravely ill and now Edmond seems also to be coming down with the measles. Edmond has no faith in country doctors and has given me directions as to the medicine to give him if he is too ill to direct me himself. So the whole responsibility rests on me. I thought my letters would be lively ones I would tell you of my arrangements but as yet the only regular thing I have established is family prayers. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Mayer, Mary Mayer, Eliza, Edmond, James, Margaret, Annie, Mr. Elliot, Poors, Mary Spear, Aunt Flora, Mrs. Mayer, and Jenkins. Places mentioned include Baltimore and Mexico. (4 pages) [1844] Feb 16 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Judge Wayland of Virginia has promised to take care of my little bundle. Annie started a little bag but could not finish it. When will you let Frank come? Individuals mentioned include Judge Wayland, General Porterfield, Aunt Flora, Frank, and Annie. Place mentioned include Virginia, Baltimore, and Staunton. (4 pages) [1844] Feb 18 1 1 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Regarding plans for Aunt Flora’s visit. If she would feel easier by staying with you until fall she could come then. Edmond is too devoted to his farm to think of becoming a politician. However, he has joined the Free Masons and so is separated from me in a measure by having a secret. Sister has abandoned her convent life and we have offered her five acres of land close to us. She and Aunt Flora could have great Irish talks. We have no a dollar and so I will get no new clothes. This is a splendid place to wear out old clothes. Annie is slow at her books but does other things that are very remarkable in a five year old. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Gordon, Miss Betty, Edmond, Free Masons, Aunt Flora, Miss Latham, Mary, Mr. Fletcher, Millerism, Mr. Burnap, Annie, James, Sarah, Joshua Blake, Tiffany Ward & Co., Charley, Lewis, Alfred, Mr. Mayer, Eliza, and Mr. Henning. Places mentioned include Dublin. (4 pages) [1844] Mar 17 1 1 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Speaks again of her grief in the loss of little Lizzie. But I must not talk of it and will write you a description of the outside of our home. As yet everything is rough and unfinished but I think how you would enjoy rambling over these hills. If we only had ready money we could make it handsomer than any place around Baltimore. You must not think of me as buried here. I am as contented as I ever was. Everything is very primitive but it is a delightful way to live. Please send me newspapers occasionally so that we do not get out of touch with the world. The St. Louis newspapers are merely political tracts. Individuals mentioned include Mary Mayer, Rlixs, Frank, Poor, Mary Spear, Burnaps, Mrs. Thomas, Lizzie, Mrs. Hoffman, Aunt Flora, Edmond, Margaret, and Mr. Metham. Places mentioned include St. Louis and Baltimore. (4 pages) [1844] Mar 20 1 1 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to My own dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Am overjoyed at the birth of your little daughter, Eliza. She will fill the blank left me by the death of my little one. Let me know all about her. This is a healthy place. I expected quite a bit of company from St. Louis this summer but they stayed away because of a false report that our landing was under water. I am going to lose my only visitable neighbors who are moving to Hannibal. We had a dreadful freshet this afternoon and my garden is entirely destroyed. Edmond will feel deeply the destruction to his hemp crop of which he was so proud. Individuals mentioned include Edmond, Lizzie, Eliza, Aunt Flora, Mr. Elliot, Matthews, John Levering, Anne Levering, Mrs. Dr. Alexander, Annie, and Mr. Mayer. Places mentioned include Saint Louis, Hannibal, St. Francisville, Byrnham Wood, Baltimore, and New York. (4 pages) [1844] July 23 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland c/o S.J. Fletcher near Owning’s Mills, Baltimore, Maryland]. My silence has been caused by the illness of my dear husband. He was conscious all the time and arranged all his worldly affairs. James Smith drove us to Francisville yesterday and I visited Mrs. Dr. Alexander. Both children are well and Annie looks thin from growing so fast. James has difficulty pronouncing his S. Margaret is little use to me and Mrs. Hoffman will try to get a place for her in St. Louis. Hemp is our chief source of income. Individuals mentioned include Edmond, James Smith, Aunt Flora, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Thomas, Annie, Jamie, Mrs. Hoffman, Margaret, Mr. Saunders, Beverly Tucker, and Mr. Mayer. (4 pages) [1844] Aug 7 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I am sorry that you did not come to see me since you were only eight days travel away. Yesterday we had a “raising.” The neighbors helped put up a corn crib but Edmond and I went to see Saunders whose negroes were sick. Everything you sent from Mrs. Norris fits beautifully. Kiss my little pet for me. I have a beautiful view from my parlor window. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Saunders, Mrs. Norris, Edward, Mr. Perkins, Biatta, and Edmond. Places mentioned include Union Town, Columbus, Mississippi, and Illinois. [1844] Sept 12 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, my dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. We are glad that Mary is coming in the Spring. Let Charley come with Mary. I have a pleasant visitor from Boston, a Miss Burgess. She is teaching a school at Tally but is going on to Vicksburg. “There is truly peace and love in our little stone house.” I am determined to introduce Mary to Judge Mullanphy of St. Louis. “He is the only person I ever saw I thought would suit her.” Annie is not pretty but very interesting and Jamie says a speech in order to get votes for governor. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Byrne, Edmond, James Smith, Mr. Burnap, Aunt Flora, Margaret, Mrs. Hoffman, Mary, Judge Mulanphy, Bonaparte, Annie, Mr. Mayer, Jamie, Poors, Mrs. Thomas, Charley, and Miss Burgess. Places mentioned include Boston, Tally, Vicksburg, and Saint Louis. (4 pages) [1844] Nov 1 1 1 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, St. Louis, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Tells of events so far on her trip west. I do dread being left on the wharf at Gregory’s. We had a great variety aboard our boat. The weather is falling but I have some hopes of getting off this evening. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Mr. Stockney, Mrs. Byrne, Miss Shaw, Flora, Mrs. Savage, Mr. Robert, Mrs. Colonel Johnston, Edward, Theophilas Manikin, and Mr. Mayer. Places mentioned include Simons, Howard Street, Baltimore, Warsaw, Cincinnati, Planter’s Hotel, Mississippi, Gregory’s Landing, and St. Louis. (4 pages) 1844 Nov 10 1 1 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Mr. Saunders was delighted with his visit to Baltimore but I was disappointed at his not seeing the precious baby. My company for Christmas stayed three days. Aunt Flora seems to be longing for Baltimore. We were invited to Waterloo for New Year’s Day but Aunt Flora dreaded the cold so we remained at home. Our house seems to be the rendezvous for three counties. I certainly dislike that vile paper that Frank sends to Aunt Flora – The Native American . Describes her Christmas menu. Individuals mentioned include Frank, Eliza, Pukes, Whig, Aunt Flora, Poors, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Mayer, Edmond, and Mr. Saunders. (4 pages) [1845] Jan 14 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to My own dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Speaks of deaths of various old friends and neighbors. How I will miss them! There is now no one with whom I can talk over old times. My anxiety for Edward is great. Let me know all you can about him or his concerns. Everyone is so kind to me here. Flora’s health is better than I expected to find it. Dr. Byrne was busy all winter seeing his rails cut and fencing put up. I hear the house is the only good one in Clark County. Tells of party and storm which last for four days. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Clark, Cousin John, Mrs. Chambers, Dr. Alexander, Flora, Mr. Sanders, Eliza, Annie, Caldwell, Miss Jackson, Miss Bond, Edward, Frank, Charley, Alfred, Lewes, Mr. Merre?, James, Dr. Byrne, Miss Wright, Mrs. Mosier, and Mayer. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Maryland, and Clark County. (4 pages) 1845 Jan 24 1 2 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. The wardrobe arrived safely and the new music was very acceptable. It is the first I have had since I left Baltimore. The children and I have been paying a visit to St. Francisville to the Levering and Alexander families. The other night we had the misfortune to have one of our houses burnt down to the ground. It was occupied by Harriet and her family. The trouble here is that neighbors may see the fire but never dream it is anything but burning prairie and so we got no assistance. Annie and I are going to spend a week at Waterloo, the county seat. Please ask Frank to make a drawing for me of the bookcase between the windows in his father’s study as I want one made like it. Aunt Flora is happy except when she gets a letter from Pleasant Green. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Levering, Saunders, Harriet, Annie, Jamie, Edmond, Frank, Eliza, Lizzie, Judge Perkins, Mr. Mayer, Mary, and Mrs. Norris. Places mentioned include Baltimore, St. Francisville, Waterloo, and Pleasant Green. (4 pages) [1845] Feb 9 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to My dear and much valued friend [Mrs. Anna Wilson, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Regrets very much the death of Mr. Wilson. I have done what I wished. I have seen Flora and her children and they are more comfortable than I expected. If you can let Eliza know that I am well. Writes a few lines to Eliza. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Edward, Mrs. Wilson, Frank, Miss Jackson, Miss Bond, Flora, and Mr. Wilson. 1845 Feb 10 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza, [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Was getting a little anxious and would like to have news of the baby, boys, etc. I have learned that Edward’s place is to be sold at auction. An epidemic has appeared here but not reached us. Flora and her children are well. She is looking forward to planting her garden. Last year she lost it by the flood. Dr. Byrne is clearing the prairie with a view to enlarging his farm. Individuals mentioned include Mr. and Mrs. Burnap, Edward, Caroline, Mr. McCollin, Eliza, Mr. Fletcher, Elizabeth Clark, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Chambers, Mr. Washington, Annie, James Dr. Byrne, Rolla, Mrs. Alexander, Miss Levering, Mr. Mayer, Frank, Mr. Williams, and Walton. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Missouri, Maryland, St. Francisville, Des Moines River, Mississippi, and Iowa. (4 pages) 1845 Mar 4 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza, [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. In return for sketch of “Life in the East” I send you “Life in the West” but remember Clark County, Missouri is peg above this. This winter was uncommonly mild. Speaks of improvements she has made. Mentions sister in convent in Waterford. We have given up hope of seeing her in America. Have not been to Waterloo yet as there are so many things to keep me at home. We had a pleasant visit from Lieut. Gantt who will visit Baltimore in the spring. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Edmond, Miss Kennedy, Aunt Flora, Col. Markle, Jamie, Billy, Alfred, Lieut. Gantt, James Wilson, Cornelia Poor, and Judge Douglass. Places mentioned include Illinois, Clark County, Missouri, Waterford, Paris, America, Waterloo, St. Francisville, Baltimore, and St. Louis. (4 pages) [1845] Mar 22 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I hope that the canal going to Cumberland will be an advantage to Mr. Mayer and improve his property there. Went to Waterloo with Flora and returned with James. I had the opportunity of traveling over miles of unbroken prairie. We have seen few indications of spring except that the doves are cooing in the woods. Sorry to hear of all the changes in Baltimore. Let me know about the children’s schools. We have many young gentleman visitors but we have to depend on the small towns for the ladies who are mostly Kentuckians, “but very kind in their manners.” How I would like to know the true state of Edward’s affairs. Flora is out all day gardening and she will certainly have a pretty place in time. She has given up all thoughts of going to Baltimore in ’47. You may see me before then. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Annie, Mrs. Brantz Mayer, Mr. Harington, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Fletcher, Frank, Lieutenant Gant, Edward, Dr. Byrne, Miss Caldwell, Mr. Miller, Flora, Fanny Clark, James Wilson, Miss Jackson, Miss Bond, Mrs. Wilson, and Cath. Alexander. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Anapolis, Canal, Cumberland, Waterloo, and Ireland. (4 pages) 1845 Apr 5 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Rode to St. Francisville yesterday with Flora. A Miss Shaw and Mrs. Merideth are coming to spend a few days with us and will share my room. The house is only one story, the upper part is unfinished. Describes the beauty of the place. I walk every morning and pick flowers and sometimes transplant roots. Would like to be remembered to her many friends. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Eliza, Flora, Frank, Mr. Mayer, Mrs. Robert, Mrs. Merideth, and Miss Shaw. Places mentioned include St. Francisville, Philadelphia, Mississippi, and St. Louis. (3 pages) 1845 May 12 1 2 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Very glad because of the safe return of my husband and thank you for your kindness to him. He gave pleased accounts of Baltimore but was too harassed with his business to really enjoy himself. Aunt Flora will probably go back to Baltimore in the spring. I am angry with you and Edmond says you are prejudiced against this western country. A trip here in April or May would be delightful. Your trip here would cost no more than your Frostburg expedition. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Mayer, Flora, Edmond, Frank, Judge Perkins, Ben Eskridge, Major Craven, John, Virginia Poor, Edward, Brantz, and Jamie. Places mentioned include Baltimore, St. Louis, Frostburg, and New York. (4 pages) 1845 Aug 4 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to My own dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I hope your mountain air has strengthened you. I have failed a little in my strength. I am quite in the dark regarding Edward and his prospects. Dr. Byrne is daily expecting news from Baltimore. What is favorable to him may injure another. I hope Frank does not go to the Rocky Mountains. Individuals mentioned include Dr. Byrne, Mary, Eliza, Fanny Clark, Frances, Cassel, Frank, Miss Jackson, Miss Bond, Lewis, Alfred, Mr. Mayer, Mrs. Wilson, Charley, Mr. Perkins, and Edward. Places mentioned include Baltimore and Rocky Mountains. (3 pages) 1845 Oct 19 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Frank [Mr. Frank B. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Dr. Byrne has not been to St. Louis yet and so cannot give you any satisfactory account of companies going to the Rocky Mountains in the spring. He does not believe the trip would be hardly desirable for you. We know of a young man who joined Fremont’s expedition but who returned after 200 miles because the labor and hardships were so severe. If you desire to see Indians in their native state, come and visit us and ride up Raccoon forks, 200 miles on horseback. A friend of ours, Col. Markele says he may join you. “I shall live all winter on the hopes of seeing you in the spring. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Dr. Byrne, Col. Markele, Wade Monday, Edward, and Col. Fremont. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Rocky Mountains, Independence, Raccoon forks, and St. Peters. (4 pages) 1845 Nov 2 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I was greatly shocked at the news of the death of Mrs. B. Mayer. Your taking the infant was a correct choice. “The charge I know will be a great one.” Thanks her for news of various neighbors and friends. Fire here in the woods is thing of terror and dismay. Mrs. Kyle and her son were burned during a storm last week. Flora teaches her children two hours every day. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. B. Mayer, Charles, Mrs. Ellicott, Miss Jackson, Miss Bond, Mrs. Wilson, Clarks, Henrietta Furnace, Mary, Edward, Henry, Mrs. McCulloh, Mr Burnap, Flora, Judge Perkins, Alfred, Frank, Mrs. Kyle, and Mrs. Amos Kindal. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] 1845 Nov 22 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dearest Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I am getting nervous and anxious because I have not heard from you. Has Christmas gift for little Eliza consisting of four little egg cups belonging to General Washington. Gives history of the cups. Does Frank intend to come out in the spring? Individuals mentioned include Flora Byrne Overstreet, Frank, Henry, Charley, Aunt Flora, Brantz, General Washington, Mr. Kyle, Mrs. Kyle, Amos Kendall, Mrs. Custis, Dwyer, Jamie, Annie, Annie Smith, and Cornelia. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Washington, and Arlington. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] 1845 Dec 21 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I feel very sorry for Brantz and he is forever in my thoughts. I hope he will teach his little girl to consider me among his true friends. In case of war with England this would be an excellent place of refuge for you and the children. Aunt Flora desires to return and I am rather hurt at this as I hoped to make this a good home for her for the rest of her days. Please send me the simplest instruction book in music as the children are very anxious to begin. Are the lands of mining company near Cumberland the ones in which you are interested? (4 pages) [1846] Jan 25 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I grieve deeply for the son of my sister but will bear all in silence because of others. Water is too low at present to travel but in spring I am going to leave and be with Mary and the children until Edwards’s affairs are settled. I will probably leave here in April for dear Maryland. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Edward, Mary, Mr. Mayer, Frank, Dr. Clendennen, Dr. Byrne, and Flora. Places mentioned include Maryland. (3 pages) [Typed copy included] 1846 Feb 3 1 2 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. “To escape from the grave ought to be a warning. Moderation is what is required, totally abstaining I fear can never be effected now.” Inquires after various friends and relatives. The cold short days of winter are passing away. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Mary, Kate, Grace, Charles, Miss Bond, Mrs. Ellicott, Miss Jackson, and Mrs. Griswold. (3 pages) 1846 Feb 13 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dearest Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. My brother’s death was not unlooked for by us. I feel, however, that he is at rest and life scarcely yielded comfort enough for him, to render it desirable. The grave will bury his errors. I do grieve deeply for you, Eliza, and Mr. Mayer. My heart yields you all my sympathy. Aunt Flora leaves with Mr. Saunders about the 10th of April. She is more determined on returning since the news of Edward’s death. Most of our land is up for sale and at present it was with difficulty that we raised enough for Aunt Flora’s traveling expenses. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Aunt Flora, Mr. Saunders, Edward, Frank, Mr. Mayer, and Henry Christian Mayer. Places mentioned include Pikesville, Baltimore, Lewis County, St. Louis, and Buffalo. (4 pages) 1846 Mar 23 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. We were anxious to hear of Elizabeth Shapler’s health. I do not think I can get to Baltimore next winter as Edmond’s arrangements may take him from home and we cannot both leave at the same time. We cannot make Aunt Flora feel at home. Annie has a friend staying with her. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Annie, Alicia Hening, Mr. Haslett, Webster, Dr. Parkman, Mrs. Blake, Aunt Flora, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Smont, Mrs. Mayer, Edmond, Edward, Elizabeth Shapler, and Madge. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Clark County, Missouri. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] [1846] Apr 22 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I am indignant that Mr. Saunders should have left Aunt Flora to go on to Baltimore alone. I am sorry I could not make her happy here. Her heart is evidently with Edward. I have had fatigue and trouble all spring since Edmond and Col. Markle have both been sick. Write me about Mary Smith’s plans. Individuals mentioned include Edmond, Col. Markle, Aunt Flora, Annie, Jamie, Eliza, Judge Reese, Mrs. Reece, Mrs. Biggs, Mary Smith, Edward, Mr. Saunders, and Fanny Clark. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Palmyra, and Cumberland, Missouri. (4 pages) 1846 May 28 1 2 Letter signed B.M. Byrne, Point Isabel, Mexico, to [Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Col. Lyons who is bearing this letter will give you a full account of our battles with the Mexicans. I hope before many months to give you a verbal account. Individuals mentioned include Col. Lyons and Mrs. Mayer. Places mentioned include Washington and Baltimore. (2 pages) 1846 May 31 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I have been entertaining visitors from St. Louis, “who were genteel intellectual people and withal very disagreeable.” The Right Reverend Bishop Barron has also just left. He is “a perfect man of the world, polished in the extreme.” Describes the visit in detail. Summer here has been hot and dry. I wish you would come here next summer. Individuals mentioned include Eliza B. Mayer, Aunt Flora, Charley, Right Riverend Bishop Barron, Edmond, Mr. Byrne, Mrs. Byrne, Annie, Brighams, Jamie, Colonel Markle, Frank, Mary, and Mrs. Johnson. Places mentioned include New Orleans, Baltimore, La Grange, St. Louis, Ireland, Kimmidge, and Dublin. (4 pages) 1846 Sept 1 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Aunt Flora [Miss Caldewell, c/o Captain Joseph Tinkham, Wall Street, New York]. I have had no return of fever but continue to take the quinine. Annie is such a comfort but Jamie races about “as wild as a deer.” Edmond has just finished another well. Gives neighborhood news. Note from Flora Caldwell to Mrs. Mayer sends above letter and states she has been much worried about Flora’s health. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Jamie, Mrs. Overstreet, Mary Anne, Mrs. Martin, Biggs, Widow Bartlett, Edmond, Cousin Catharine, Mrs. Brigham, Cousin Andrew, and Flora. Places mentioned include Galena, Tally, St. Francisville, Brooklyn, New York, Newburgh, and Salisbury. (4 pages) [1846] Oct 24 1 2 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. “I see no prospect of ever repassing those mountains which now separate me from dear Baltimore! Annie had a little party just before Christmas and the children’s manners “would not disgrace a juvenile party in Baltimore.” If the weather is favorable we will take Annie to Palmyra this month to go to school. A brick church is being built in Winchester. “There is less bigotry here than in the East.” Would like a small organ for the church. Will “any of you good church people assist your Western brethren in their efforts…?” What is doing in the literary world? “I am getting unutterable, indescribably rusty and musty.” Individuals mentioned include Annie, Charley, Jamie, Miss Lane, Mrs. Barr, Edmond, Fletcher, Mary Smith, and Edward. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Palmyra, Virginia, and Winchester. (4 pages) 1847 Jan 4 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza, [Mrs. Mayer, Baltimore, Maryland]. I am very anxious about the children and Edmond. I have to be cheerful in front of Father. I must not be afraid because Jamie is looking thin. I forgot to pay you and Susan what I owed you. Has been reading quite a lot. Individuals mentioned include Father, Edmond, Jamie, Annie, Aunt Flora, Nora, Henderson, Mr. Mayer, Susan Mayer, Garnett Howell, Mrs. Benson, Mother, Mrs. Morrison, Poors, and Burnaps. (4 pages) [1847] Apr 7 1 2 Letter signed Flora C. Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dearest Eliza [Mayer]. We are delighted with Frank’s success. Edmond, however, leans much to Charley and would like to do something for him out here if you were not so opposed to the West. Glad you approve of my plan for school this winter. Four are as many as I wish to have but I hardly think I will get them. Tells of trip to Quincy, Illinois. Describes Quincy. You must not let Aunt Flora buy us anything more. She will use up all her little means. We want nothing because we will live so retired this winter. Edmond went to chapel with priest who is staying with us. I like Mr. Byrne very much and he went with me to Jamie’s grave and spoke consolingly to me. Nor does he try to convert me which would be in vain. I am very pleased with our new church. Individuals mentioned include John Anna, Edmond, Mr. Mayer, Aunt Flora, Poors, Frank, Charley, Annie, Captain Artus, Charles Levering, Eliza, Father Byrne, Jamie, Margaret Watson, and Mrs. Byrne. Places mentioned include Quincy, Illinois, Alexandria, Hannibal, Charles St., Market, Lombard, and West. (4 pages) [1847] Aug 22 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I began with one scholar on October 15th. I watch Annie closely so that she does not fall into errors of manner and speech herself. Archbishop Kendrick has been staying with us for four days. “He is a man of great talent and learning, and pleasant in his manners, though I do not think him quite as much a man of the world as Bishop Barron.” No house around here is as comfortable as ours and strangers are generally brought here. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Frank, Mr. Haslett, Mr. Mayer, Margaret Watson, Annie, Edmond, Archbishop Kendrick, and Bishop Barron. Places mentioned include Alexandria, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. (3 pages) [1847] Nov 3 1 2 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Describes her daughter Annie. Our Christmas was very sad. We have been busy gathering our enormous crop of corn. We have a new machine which does in three hours what formerly required four days. The telegraph is now at St. Louis. Gives news of various friends and relatives. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Mr. Williams, Mr. P., Cornelia, Annie, Dr. Alexander, and Mr. Saunders. Places mentioned include Palmyra, Baltimore, and St. Louis. (4 pages) 1848 Jan 13 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Frank [Master Frank Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I have just returned from a trip to St. Louis on the steamer. The Planter’s House was quite as stylish as ever. I had no idea I was so well remembered there. “Even the officers and their wives from Jefferson Barracks twelve miles distant came to visit and write.” Some Indian chiefs from the Sac tribe were there. Note to Aunt Flora requests her to get Mrs. Norris to ink her pattern on a newspaper and send it. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Norris, Healeyside, Frank, Aunt Flora, Mr. Elliot, and Edmond. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Keokuk, St. Louis, Planter’s House, “Mound City,” and Jefferson Barracks. (4 pages) [1848] May 12 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dearest Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I am glad that Frank is recovering. When he is strong I hope he will come to us. Annie and I are going to take a trip down the river to Hannibal and Palmyra. She hopes to bring two friends back with her and I have promised her a dinner party. “All my joy is centered now in her.” What new books are out? I have just finished Jane Eyre . Thank Mr. Mayer for sending paper with copy of his speech. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Aunt Flora, Mrs. Norris, Dombey & Son, Jane Eyre, Mr. Mayer, Lamartine, Frank, Edmond, Dr. Buckler, Lucy, Mary Hieskill, Victoria Davis, Mary Eskridge, Mrs. Ellis, and Betty. Places mentioned include Monument Square, Hannibal, and Palmyra. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] [1848] May 30 1 3 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street]. Your boy is getting along very well and has a good appetite. Flora has just returned from Palmyra and Hannibal and has brought back Colonel Davis’ daughter Victoria and another little girl for a visit. I am sorry about your kitchen commotion. Individuals mentioned include Fletchers, Flora, Colonel Davis, Victoria Davis, Aunt Flora, Annie, and Mr. Mayer. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Palmyra, and Hannibal. (2 pages) [1848 June?] 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Mary [Mary Spear, Franklin, Baltimore County, Maryland]. Annie and I have just returned from a pleasant visit to Hannibal and Palmyra. We brought back two little girls for a visit and the brother of one. I gave them a party. After this a group came from Jefferson City on an electioneering tour. The Democrats elected Edmond to the legislature without his wish. Edmond and I have become great novel readers so please send anything you may have thrown aside. Individuals mentioned include Edmond, Annie, Mary, Aunt Flora, Mrs. Norris, Miss Thompson, Amelia, and Dr. Alexander. Places mentioned include Hannibal, Palmyra, Baltimore County, and St. Louis. [1848] June 25 1 3 Letter signed Flora C. Byrne, to My dear Aunt Flora [Mrs. Caldwell, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Dr. Alexander brought the trunk you sent. You should not spend your money on me. Mary Spear sent me a box of beautiful things. We are in the midst of harvest. Nine white men and six blacks have been hired in addition to our own. We are going to give a harvest dance which will help get hands for next year. It will also put a stop to rumors that “we do not allow a poor man to sit at our table, & that we import our guests from Palmyra & St. Louis.” I have heard the Fletchers might come next fall. I will welcome him but she repels me. Dr. Alexander says he told you of Jamie’s death. I wish I could talk to you of it. Individuals mentioned include Dr. Alexander, Jamie, Edmond, Aunt Flora, Annie, Frank, Billy Gwynn, Captain May, Henry, Dr. Clendinen, Mrs. Norris, Eliza, Mary Spear, Billy, Harriet, Lucy, Madam Lindy, Dennis, Nancy, Margaret, Mrs. Sam Hoffman, Mrs. Byrne, Mr. Fletcher, Judge Perkins, Aunt Abby, and Mrs. Burnap. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Palmyra, St. Louis, and Alexandria. (4 pages) [1848] July 3 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Acknowledge receipt of the vaccine which was much wanted in the neighborhood. Have had another attack of fever. Annie is far from well and has a very bad cough. I wish she could get among the mountains in Orange County, New York. Edmond is busy thrashing with a machine purchased in Ohio. The harvest party has been delayed because of my sickness. Edmond resigned his nomination to the Legislature. Mr. Fletcher will be disappointed in his land here. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Mayer, Poors, Aunt Flora, Aunt Abby, Charley, Annie, Edmond, Mr. Redding, Dr. Alexander, Eliza, Brantz, Mr. Fletcher, Judge Perkins, and Burnaps. Places mentioned include St. Francisville, Alexandria, Clark County, Winchester, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Orange County, New York. (4 pages) [1848] Aug 6 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I hope Charley will succeed in his new calling. We have just parted from Dr. Saunders who is now a resident of St. Louis. Aunt Flora has been very ill. She is determined to return to Baltimore and is much dissatisfied with the West. Edmond was beaten by a Whig. State is Whig for the first time owning to traitorous designs of T.H. Benton. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Fletcher, Aunt Flora, David Brown, Charley, Dr. Saunders, Thorne, Annie, Edmond, and T.H. Benton. Places mentioned include New Orleans, New York, and Baltimore. (4 pages) [1848] Sept 8 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mayer]. I hear that Mr. Mayer is spoken of for Attorney General. I wish he may get the appointment even if it puts Edward Bates, one of our Missouri men into the background. Eliza Jane Levering is visiting me now. Aunt Abby tells me you are relieved of your charge and you cannot enjoy little Eliza’s company uninterruptedly. We are glad Fletcher will be near us. I suppose my lottery ticket came out a blank. The ones who go to California to dig gold are not those who gain by it. Don’t let Frank or Charley be touched by the mania. Note from Annie Byrne to her Aunt Eliza tells what she is reading. Kiss Aunt Flora and little Eliza for me. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Aunt Flora, Mr. Mayer, Edward Bates, Eliza Jane Levering, Mrs. Parmeles, Aunt Abby, Mr. Fletcher, Edmond, Mrs. Fletcher, Jane, Harriet, Lucy, Mrs. Remington, Charley, Frank, Aunt Eliza, Kate Alexander, and Little Eliza. Places mentioned include Baltimore, California, and Missouri. (4 pages) 1849 Jan 24 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I want to see you very badly but the expenses of the farm seem to increase as the profits become greater. Edmond has to make heavy payments this summer on his machinery and wheat crops. Describes Annie’s riding ability and school progress. I cannot have any more dresses made by Mrs. Norris because I “have entirely outstripped” her measure. I am going to be a very “fat old lady.” Individuals mentioned include Frank, Taylor, Cousin Catharine, Eliza, Aunt Flora, Mr. Mayer, Annie, Edmond, Miss Neale, Miss Pratt, Mary Mayer, Mrs. Norris, Mr. Fletcher, Lawyer Ellison, James Smith, Comstock, Saunders, and Cousin Chambers. Places mentioned include California, Winchester, Alexandria, Washington City, Keokuk, and Baltimore. (4 pages) [1849] Mar 27 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Frank [Frank B. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Please forgive me for neglecting you. You ask me for the western song. It is just impossible to write that down as to translate a good French pun and preserve its aroma. Tells story of the song. The cholera is decreasing at Alexandria but we do not go near the place. You have heard of the great fire at St. Louis. Luckily our reaping machine did not arrive there until the next day, so it is safe. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Frank, Sam Donaldson, and Alderman Peters. Places mentioned include New York, Alexandria, and St. Louis. (3 pages) [1849] May 28 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. The cholera is abating rapidly. We have none in our neighborhood. Dr. Adam from Washington is visiting us. He is engaged to a young lady in the city and I hope he will bring his bride to live among us. Have Mr. Fletcher pay Aunt Flora $100.00 on our account. Have Madame Deville make the foundation of a riding hat for Annie. She rides beautifully. I had an attack of cholera in May. Individuals mentioned include Charley, Frank, Dr. Adam, Aunt Flora, Mr. Fletcher, Madame Deville, Annie, Mr. Mayer, and William Saunders. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Washington, Clark, St. Louis, and Canton. (4 pages) 1849 Aug 9 1 3 Letter signed Flora [Caldwell], On board the Brave, to My own dear Eliza [Mayer]. Describes her trip on the boat. The original one stuck on a sandbar and she was forced to remove to another and is not on her way to Cincinnati. Please do not show the boys this letter it is almost illegible from the motion of the train. Individuals mentioned include James Fletcher, Mrs. Money [?], Mr. Mare, and Dr. Carr[?]. Places mentioned include Cincinnati, Baltimore, and St. Louis. (4 pages) [1849] Sept 5 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Tells of the death of Dr. Alexander. Give this letter to Dr. Hanson Thomas who may soften his heart towards his son’s widow. I am going to St. Louis and hope to meet Aunt Flora there. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Dr. Alexander, Alice Alexander, Catharine Alexander, Dr. Hanson Thomas, and Mrs. Palmer. Places mentioned include St. Francisville and St. Louis. (3 pages) [1849] Sept 30 1 3 Letter signed Flora Caldwell and Flora Byrne, On board the Kate Kearney, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Describes Cincinnati. Had no difficulty getting to Louisville and passed through the canal and so no longer lacked water. Flora and Annie were both waiting for me. Mrs. Byrne states she is worried about Mr. Mayer and desires further news of him. I am anxious to get home. “It is six years since I have been in a city…I am beginning to want to be in my quiet home once more.” Individuals mentioned include Mr. Fletcher, Flora, Dr. Byrne, Annie, Mr. Dovrey [?], Mr. Meyer, Eliza, Aunt Flora, and Brigham. Places mentioned include Cincinnati and Louisville. (3 pages) 1849 Oct 10 1 3 Letter signed Samuel James Fletcher, St. Louis, to Dear Mrs. Mayer [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. We arrived safely at Cumberland where we took the stage for Wheeling. The next morning we left for Cincinnati in a “little stern wheel boat with a most motley lot of about a hundred & fifty passengers.” At Cincinnati we boarded a large boat. The day before reaching St. Louis Aunt Flora had a fainting fit but she was quite recovered when we met Mrs. Byrne. Describes sights along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Mayer, Aunt Flora, Mr. Byrne, and Mrs. Byrne. Places mentioned include Cumberland, Wheeling, Freezeburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Byrnham Wood, Ohio River, Maysville, Kentucky, Mississippi River, Boston, and Pittsburgh. (4 pages) 1849 Oct 22 1 3 Letter signed Flora [Caldwell], Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I wish I could place a small pitcher of boiled Missouri milk beside Mr. Mayer’s coffee. “He would relish it very much.” Asks for news of various relatives and friends. I heard Colonel Benton speak. His speech was in praise of the North. Shortly after 32 negroes fled but fortunately were caught before getting into Illinois. Describes Flora and Annie. This is a most delightful fall and the beauty of the day continues into the night. Met Dr. McDowell and Helen. “He was one of the most successful physicians during the time of the Cholera.” Individuals mentioned include Dr. Austen, Dr. McDowell, Helen, Mrs. Hoffman, Dr. Byrne, Mr. Mayer, Dick, Eliza, Cornelia, Kate, Uncle Brantz, Miss Bond, Clark, Elizabeth, Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Fletcher, Colonel Benton, Mary, Frank, Flora, and Annie. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Baltimore, Canada, Illinois, Palmyra, Pleasant Green, Maryland, and Missouri. (4 pages) 1849 Nov 16 1 3 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. I am glad that Frank is so much of a beau. Flora’s “Prairie Bird” [Annie Byrne] is overjoyed at the prospect of a trip to Baltimore. Asks for news of friends and relatives. Flora writes note that she has translated a book for Annie and thinks Murphy in Baltimore would buy it. Individuals mentioned include Elizabeth Clark, Mrs. Biddle, Elizabeth Chapter, Mr. Mayer, Annie, Father Byrne, Murphy, Frank, Rachel, Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Burnap, Flora, Mr. Fletcher, Judge Perkins, Mary Eskridge, Dr. Austin, Alfred, Mrs. Miles, Machall, Noyes, and Cassel. Places mentioned include Baltimore. (4 pages) 1850 Jan 20 1 3 Letter signed FC [Flora Caldwell], to Eliza [Mayer]. Have gotten over the winter well. Return a book which I packed by mistake. Glad Lewis is gone to college. I hope Frank and Charley will find their drawing to the advantage of them both. Why did you not go to Mr. Mayhew’s party? When your little daughter is older you will regret having given up society. All we hear of here is California. We have had a bad week of it – Harriet died and also Jane, her second child. Flora took cold but is getting better so I am not uneasy about her. Individuals mentioned include Harriet, Jane, Flora, Eliza, Bell McCullah, Lewis, Charley, Frank, Mr. Mickle, Fanny Leadentre, Mr. Mayhew, and Mr. Austin. Places mentioned include California, St. Mary’s, and Baltimore. (4 pages) 1850 Feb 10 1 3 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. The river has risen and we could not reach Alexandria or Tully for many days. Flora has given up all thought of going to Baltimore. St. Louis will be as far as they can get. Harvest is fast approaching and the new cutting machine will be a sight to me. Annie is a great comfort and joy to Flora. Visited Canton for two days. Have you heard of the men going across the plains to California each having a wheelbarrow containing clothes and provisions. Note from Flora states Aunt Flora is very anxious to leave. We have done all we can to make her comfortable. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Annie, Frank, Mr. Fletcher, Cousin John, Mr. Thapter, Flora, Eliza Elizabeth, Mary, Jenkins, Mr. Konic, Margret, and Rachel. Places mentioned include Canton, St. Louis, Baltimore, California, Alexandria, and Tully. (4 pages) 1850 June 10 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Thanks her for package with picture of little girl. Annie thinks her fan is very beautiful. We were sure that the “small parcel” would be Alfred or Lewis. “I am sure our anticipations will make you laugh. We are busy with our harvest and I bake twelve pies a day. Aunt Flora may go in with Mr. Fletcher. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Mr. Jenkins, Edmond, Alfred, Lewis, Aunt Flora, Jane, Lucy, Harriet, Eliza, Charlie, Frank, and Alice Alexander. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Iowa, and Keokuk. (4 pages) 1850 July 14 1 3 Letter signed Flora Caldwell, Byrnham Wood, to [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. The summer here has been very warm. My eyes have been slightly inflamed. “It is a complaint of the country.” I am sorry that you cannot see Annie. Flora desires certain things sent from her trunk. Individuals mentioned include Flora, Annie, Mr. Fletcher, and Elizabeth Chapter. Places mentioned include Baltimore and Pleasant Green. (3 pages) 1850 Aug 25 1 3 Letter signed Frank [Mayer], St. Louis, to My dear Mother [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Baltimore]. I leave this afternoon for Alexandria. Aunt Flora has been expected since Friday but has not yet come. The scenery of the Cumberland is very beautiful. At Paducah I heard that John Perkins is suing Miss Potts for divorce. Describes journey and people he has met. “I long to be out of the bustle of business & breathing fresh air as I push further and further into the wilderness.” I will spend some time with Aunt Flora. “There are many parties here arriving & leaving for the ‘plains’ & Sante Fe & the wilds of Nebraska.” Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Dr. Saunders, John Perkins, Miss Potts, Bell, Blackwell, Duval, Keighler & Co., Mahool, Ed Farniss, Charley Krafft, Dr. Edmondson, and Harris. Places mentioned include Alexandria, St. Louis, Nashville, Peducah, Ohio, Cumberland, Mississippi, New York, New Orleans, Paris, Baltimore, Council Bluffs, Santa Fe, and Nebraska. (4 pages) 1851 May 26 1 3 Letter signed F.B. Mayer, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Mother [Mrs. Eliza Mayer, Baltimore]. Aunt Flora could not get to St. Louis because the river had risen so high the landing places were cut off from the mainland. “The river is eight & nine miles wide where it usually is but one.” Aunt Flora looks as young and handsomer than ever. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Ed. Farness, Kelly, and Fletcher. Places mentioned include Missouri, St. Louis, Tally, Canton, Alexandria, Marion City, St. Paul, and Galena. (2 pages) 1851 May 27 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear Eliza [Mayer]. I was very glad to see Frank. We are all delighted with him. Annie loves to watch him sketch. We have had a tremendous overflow and the water is still rising. La Grange is the only town that is not under water. Note from Frank to mother tells of overflow of the river. I regret that I cannot spend a summer here. I leave Wednesday for St. Paul. Individuals mentioned include Frank, Eliza, Edmond, Annie, Aunt Flora, Mr. Fletcher, Smith, Saunders, and Mr. Mayer. Places mentioned include St. Louis, La Grange, Salisbury, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, and St. Paul. (4 pages) 1851 June 1 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, City Hotel, St. Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer]. We are delightfully fixed here with a snug little parlor and an adjoining bed chamber. Edmond is going into partnership with Dr. Saunders. Individuals mentioned include Frank, Edmond, Dr. Saunders, Aunt Flora, and Eliza. Places mentioned include New York. (2 pages) [1851 Aug] 19 1 3 Letter signed Frank [Mayer], Chicago, Illinois, to My dear Mother [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Baltimore, Maryland]. Arrived here via Illinois river and canal from St. Louis. Saw Aunt Flora and the doctor who has entered into partnership with Dr. Saunders. They say they will never return to Byrnham Wood. Mrs. Griswold insisted on my stopping with her for two or three days. I shall go round the lakes, stop at Niagara and then on to Albany “when I shall consider myself at home.” Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Dr. Saunders, Annie, Mrs. Griswold, Anna, Alfred, Mrs. Harrington, Charles, David, Henry, and Little Fred. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Niagara, Albany, Illinois River, Byrnham Wood, and Romney. (3 pages) 1851 Sept 1 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, St. Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. I promised Frank to write you the Sunday after his departure but I was taken ill with dysentery and am now just able to crawl about. Annie’s daguerreotype is a good likeness. She goes to school every day and starts dancing this week. Individuals mentioned include Annie, Frank, Mrs. Griswold, Eliza, Aunt Flora, Mary Spear, William Spear, and Edmond. Places mentioned include Chicago. (4 pages) [1851] Sept 9 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, St. Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mayer]. Aunt Flora was twenty days in coming “a thing almost unheard of in this time of rapid traveling.” Tell Mr. Mayer to forget all “Utopian schemes of farming.” No gentleman can succeed unless he is willing to hold the plough. Aunt Flora talks of taking coaches to San Francisco to see Billy Saunders. Am delighted with your Christmas gifts. Individuals mentioned include Eliza, Annie, Aunt Flora, Frank, Charley, Mr. Mayer, Billy Saunders, and Dinah Postlewaite. Places mentioned include San Francisco and Sandwich Islands. (4 pages) [1851] Dec 19 1 3 Letter signed Flora Byrne, St. Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore]. Thanks her for beautiful dresses sent by Mrs. Fletcher. Annie is languid, weak and nervous and I may have to bring her on to the East and let her breathe mountain air. “Aunt Flora seems to be so indignant at our belief in the spiritual rappings.” Describes messages from her mother and son, Jamie. Note on May 6 says cannot come East because of note enclosed as given by her brother in spirit world. Individuals mentioned include Davidson, Annie, Mary Spear, Mr. Fletcher, Aunt Flora, Edmond, Jamie, Mother, Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Brigham, Captain Ford, and Catharine. Places mentioned include Connecticut and New York. (5 pages) 1852 May 5 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Saint Louis, to [Mrs. Charles F. Mayer]. I am glad you are going to visit Newport. Annie is well since her return from the country. Edmond takes us for a drive every evening in his new buggy. I will not write any more about the spiritual movements here if it distresses you. Describes instance which occurred at Mrs. Bennett’s. Professor McDowell acknowledges that it is not electricity nor magnetism and Uriel Wright, one of our best lawyers, is a firm believer. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Rhodes, Annie, Edmond, Aunt Flora, Mrs. Bennett, Miss Benton, Thomas Hart Benton, Miss Nannie Barrett, Captain Sykes, Helen [Bennett], Arabs, Professor McDowell, Uriel Wright, Judge Hamilton, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Talbott, Mr. Elliott, Mrs. Elliott, and Mary. Places mentioned include Egypt, St. Louis, and Newport. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] [1852] July 17 1 4 Letter signed Samuel James Fletcher, St. Louis, to My dear Cousin [Mrs. C.F. Mayer]. I have twice been in danger of death. Once I was thrown from a wagon and had my right shoulder badly dislocated. Then my escape from the ill-fated “Western World” was little short of a miracle. Gives details of its sinking on being rammed by the “R.W.H. Hill.” On my arrival here Mrs. Byrne and the doctor insisted on my taking up my quarters with them. I went to a ball for children learning to dance. I like Annie very much and she is more amiable girl. Mrs. Byrne is as gay as ever. I succeeded in disposing of the unfortunate Louisiana bonds for $15,400. I want to get things in order in Clark County so as to get my family there in the spring. I will have hard work ahead of me but I will not be so pushed with money matters. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Mayer, Annie, Mr. Mayer, Dr. Byrne, Mrs. Byrne, Mr. Zopie or Xupi [Xaupi, E.J.], Aunt Flora, Mrs. Sumner, Dr. Wyatt, and James Buck. Places mentioned include New Orleans, St. Louis, Vicksburgh, Princeton, Clark County, Louisiana, and England. (6 pages) 1853 Jan 8 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Saint Louis, to My dear Eliza [Mayer].Last week I attended a masquerade. “I never had more real genuine fun in my life.” There will be a fancy ball in the spring given by Annie’s dancing school. If you know of any new costumes let me know. Urge Mary Spear to come because I do not think I will get to Baltimore. I wish I could tell you about the spirits but you do not believe. Individuals mentioned include Mary Spear, Miss Reyburn, Eliza, Aunt Flora, Annie, Mr. Elliott, Mrs. Glascow, Mr. Bliss, Frank, Mr. Mayer, Mr. & Mrs. Burnap, Mrs. Skinner, Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Fletcher, and “Jeems.” Places mentioned include Baltimore and Newburgh. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] [1853] Jan 27 1 4 Letter signed Annie Smith, Keokuk, to My dear friend [Mrs. Mayer?]. Describes hardships Mother had when she got to Alexandria. I am going to school here and boarding with a family by the name of Williams. Love to Aunt Flora, Mr. Mayer and Eliza. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Mr. Mayer, Eliza, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, and Mother. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Alexandria, and Keokuk. Written on designed stationary. (4 pages) 1853 June 27 1 4 Letter signed Samuel James Fletcher, Byrnham Wood, Winchester P.O., Clark County, Missouri, to My dear Cousin [Mrs. C.F. Mayer, Baltimore]. I wish you and yours a happy New Year. Lyira Fletcher “has been called to her everlasting home.” Our rooms are carpeted and well supplied with stoves. Individuals mentioned include Mr. Mayer, James Fletcher, Lyira Fletcher, Aunt Flora, Annie, and Judge Perkins. Places mentioned include St. Louis. (2 pages) [Typed copy included] 1854 Jan 1 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, to My dear Eliza [Mayer]. I have had a bad cold and have been confined to my room. The ball went off well and the children commenced school with renewed vigor. Annie is very happy and looking forward to next summer. The school is not yet bringing in any revenue but has 18 scholars. When I come to Baltimore don’t expect to see a dignified school ma’am. “I was at a grand ball the other night and danced the soles off my shoes!” Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Mrs. Byrne, Annie, Aunt Eliza, Edmond, Cousin Catharine, Poor, Burnap, Miss Jackson, Mrs. Bland, Nancy Noale, Miss Lowry, and Edward Furness. Places mentioned include Baltimore. (4 pages) 1854 Jan 13 1 4 Letter signed Annie F. Smith, Keokuk, Iowa, to My dear Eliza [Mayer]. I was unexpectedly called home and I enjoyed myself very much. I will not get home again for two months and it is very lonesome away from friends and relatives. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Mr. Ward, Father, Mother, Willie, Reverend W.H. Williams, and Colly. Places mentioned include Keokuk, Iowa. (2 pages) 1854 Mar 4 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, St. Louis, to Dear Eliza [Mrs. Mayer]. I have been ill from a low sort of fever. I enclose a letter for Charley which has been here for a long time. It is a pity that he quarreled with us. I think it is too late for Aunt Flora to come out now. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Charley, and Edmond. (2 pages) 1854 Nov 23 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, St. Louis, to [Frank Mayer]. Received a letter from Mrs. Sanger and send the following extract. It deals with the painting of two pictures. Will pay you with lot in Chicago. “There has been a Historical Society formed quite lately in this city, to collect relics, valuable specimens, etc., of all kinds.” They may buy a picture. Our little dog Pico is dying. Your mother and Eliza should come here next summer and we could go to Fulton and have a grand time. Individuals mentioned include Mrs. Eagan, Dr. Glendy, Jack, Mr. Clark, Annie, Mr. Mayer, Brantz, Aunt Flora, Jamie, Alfred, and Mrs. Sanger. Places mentioned include Chicago, Fulton, and St. Louis. (4 pages) 1860 Jan 11 1 4 Letter signed Flora [Byrne], St. Louis, to My dear Frank [Mayer]. “I cannot sleep at night for thinking of you.” I never know what are sensation dispatches or true ones. I hope Baltimore will not let an army march through her streets to “fight against their brethren – nor I trust will Mo.” Annie’s betrothed is rabid to go. We are grieved that he takes the opposite view to us. I must hear from you every few days to known you are well. Individuals mentioned include Father, Dr. D., Eliza, Annie, Frank, and Mary Spear. Places mentioned include Baltimore, Camden Station, and Missouri. (4 pages) 1861 Apr 27 1 4 Letter signed Alfred [Mayer], Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, to My dear Mother [Eliza Mayer]. You have heard of the warlike aspect of affairs in Missouri. Describes situation in St. Louis. An attack is expected on Jefferson City and all who can are marching to the Capitol. As soon as school is out I shall leave for Baltimore. Missouri’s only policy at present is “entire defenselessness.” Her new recruits cannot act against Harney and his artillery and well equipped regular army soldiers. Individuals mentioned include General Harney, Jefferson Davis, Lewis, Captain Lyon, Aunt Flora, and Lincoln. Places mentioned include St. Louis, Baltimore, Fulton, Jefferson City, Camp Jackson, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi. (4 pages) 1861 May 16 1 4 Letter signed Flora Byrne, Byrnham Wood, to My dear little Eliza [Mrs. Eliza Mayer, Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland]. Your cousin Annie sends you a little fan made of a prairie chicken’s tail. Tells the story of the Partridge. Individuals mentioned include Aunt Flora, Uncle Byrne, Aunt Byrne and Cousin Annie. (4 pages) [Typed copy included] No year Mar 4 1 4 Miscellaneous correspondence regarding collection. Also mentions the drawings and manuscripts of Francis [Frank] Blackwell Mayer, located at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. 1936-1945 1 4