Letter. Letter. Approx. 8" x 5". 4 pages. Letter has folds. Condition of the paper is very good. Contents of a rambling philosophical discussion of growing older and the state of matters with Uncle Morten (whom this letter is addressed to). The letter is written in the same hand and appears to be by "Johnnie" as he mentions his brother Alden in the letter towards the end. See transcription below. Very good. Item #18495
Letter transcribed as follows:
San Francisco Dec 29th, 1865
Dear Uncle Morten
"Boys are Boys" and you that know it better than I have doubtless set down Johnnie Pitcher among the rest of them To which can plead nougat else than "Guilty". "Tis now almost time for the boy to take upon himself the duty of a man" Methinks you say - Still when looking back, cannot help but blush with shame at many goolish actions which were not intentionally aimed at the finer feelings of others. But as you have no doubt made up your mind - were the result of thoughtlessness. Such is human nature and such will it always be when the mind is influenced by nougat but self.
Throughout the whole time you were so kindly interesting yourself in my welfare and all for nougat as it proved. I trust a lessen was being learned that will last as long as I like.
What a study in Mankind, and can a more "heterogeneous community" be found in one city, than which this bears the date?
The one thing needful here is upright manliness of "Character". The old, the middle aged, and the young - all - all have the same want of principle - valuing neither time talent or money - as long as they can accomplish some desired and some scheme that may perhaps send the wisdom and her children to their miserable corner in rags - and with hunger gnawing at their young vitals.
'tis not from any nuisanthropic? feelings this is penned my Uncle no he? but have lately become cognisant of a transaction by "Members of the Church" that would send an unbeliever to the most severe punishment that could be inflicted by man
A cool hearted premeditated not of fraud and deception and the fellow was "bought out" "would go east next steamer" He now walks the streets and pursues his former haste? the same as ever - and to all appearances is as much respected as ever -
Can a civilized nation flourish with such influence and examples for the rising generation to follow. Often have almost wished that could verify the adage and be "always a boy" that no such transaction might lead one to distrust any fellow men.
How are yourself and Aunt Sarah this winter? well I hope and James and Lew? Had a note from Mary yesterday from Rochester. Father and Mother were deriving much enjoyment from her visit.
But as your business most likely claims attention must hasten to close. With many kind wishes for Aunt Sarah Cousin James Mary & Lew? as well for all ? the Stone House in which am seconded by Brother Alden. Both are well and satisfied with several employments.
And should you feel like it should be very happy to hear from you at any time and believe us as ever your affect nephews Alden & Johnnie.