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Christmas 1862

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1 Christmas 1862 on Mon May 31, 2010 1:20 pm

Posted on Texas Civilian Yahoo list May 2009

From the Maverick letters:

p.45 Mary Maverick from San Antonio to son Lewis, December 25, 1862 Yours of 19th came this morning. A Christmas gift most welcome. Willie, mary, & Albert were up very early enquiring of sundry stockings what Santa Claus had done for them. I found it 'not much"--But Mary will write to you about it, I presume, & of her school examination yesterday. Tom Maclin helped us, i.de Mrs. Maclin, Mrs. Sweet, Annie & I, to dress the church [St.
Mark's Episcopal] ...3 young gentlemen of Magruder's staff also helped us about the church--Blow, Thompson & Todd--& it is very tastefully dressed....The day is obscure & misty but appears cheerful, children popping off powder, & darkies in glee.

p.47 Christmas 1862, Mary Brown Maverick from San Antonio to brother Lewis I hope you and George enjoyed a happy christmas with those young ladies. We enjoyed a very happy one. Willie got a lump of white sugar, nogada [a Mexican sweet], parched corn, dried apples, and cake of two kinds, and a pair of boots. Albert the same, & a military cap. I got 10 dollars, a new dress and pair of stockings; and I gave mama a needlecase. I tried to get a
pair of gauntlets for yours, but I don't think there are any in town.

p.49 Late December 1862, part of a letter from George Maverick from Texas military encampment to brother Willie Lewis & I and Tom Blair of Goliad, brother of Dave's, spent Christmas at Dr.
Pearson's on Caney. They are old acquaintances of our family. I was born in their house at Matagorda. They run away from Matagorda when Saluria fell and are now living on their plantation. We had a splendid time, plenty of egg-nogg and cake and good things in abundance. Miss Maggie made me a neck-tie for a Christmas gift.

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