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Letter from Richard Fry Sr. (Sterling) to his son, Jabez Fry (North Victor, Cayuga County, N.Y.). February 22, 1864. (Item 1)
This letter from a father to his son, who is in an asylum, updates him on family news and events which have occurred since the son was presumed lost, and relates the story of another missing person, Alfred, who disappeared between Lowell and Thompson (possibly in Michigan, as Battle Creek is mentioned).

 
Letter from Clary Fry, Jabez's wife, to her brother-in-law Richard Fry. She was in California c. Civil War. (Item 2)
Clary relates the hardships of life including drought (which left her with so little corn that she had to use wheat to fatten the hogs), and disease. She and her children have been affected with typhoid lamonia (sic) of the lungs and inflammation of the lungs. She hopes that God will spare her children. She has had to accept assistance from the town, and asks for money to pay her taxes.