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1 Homespun fabric on Mon May 31, 2010 10:33 pm

Widows by the Thousand: the Civil War Letters of Theophilus and Harriet Perry
1862-1864. pg. 219
[Harriet to Theophilus]
Spring Hill Feb. 26th, 1864 thought it better taste to wear home made goods--It is cheaper for you to wear any other kind and I know it looks better than the homespun--the latter is so smutty and dirty I do not like [it].

Posted on Texas Civilian Yahoo list in June 2009 by Vicki Betts

p.31, Samuel Maverick in Austin to wife Mary, November 10, 1861
At night there was, as usual, a governor's ball...Mrs. Mitchell has told me all about the ball: It was to have been a calico ball &c and the proceeds, if any, were to be dedicated to the war. But the ladies couldn't conveniently, if at all, get the calico; and having on hand the silks and the muslins, they had best go in them and so they did. But the gentlemen,especially the Gov and many of the members were in penitentiary jeans, dyed
various shades of brown & black--a most excellent article of apparel indeed.

p.56, Mary Maverick from San Antonio, to son Lewis, January 11, 1863
Mr. Ross Houston died on 22nd. Mrs. Houston looks very thin and feeble but is improving now. She thinks they are all making homespun down there and I took lessons in spinning and showed quite a genius for carding and spinning. When my wheel comes I'll do something myself. Mrs. Bee has given me a pair of cards--we are very good friends and Cap Ed T. too. ...

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2 How much spun on Mon May 31, 2010 10:34 pm

Widows by the Thousands, page 78.

"...Mattie has some striped yarn dresses [not sure what that is exactly]--Mr. Perry's Mother gave her. she did not have any things to dye with but bark so it is not pretty colored--white & lead coered died [sic] with swamp willow.

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3 Re: Homespun fabric on Mon May 31, 2010 11:25 pm

The [Henderson TX] Times mentions ladies dressed in homespun.
That's good. We should be glad to see enough of it in market to
enable ladies to discard all foreign made flummery. An honest woman dressed in good honest homespun would indeed be a prize.
[HOUSTON] TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, November 10, 1863, p. 2, c. 3

From Vicki Betts' newspaper transcrïptions.

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