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    House for Sale - A Neat story and a half House, situated in the pleasant Village of Hopedale. This house
    has good and unfailing water, and a large Garden well stocked with thrifty Fruit Trees, Vines, &c. A good
    chance for any family wishing a comfortable, quiet home, with the educational and other advantages
    enjoyed in this place. Terms reasonable. Apply to Cyrus Bradbury, Hopedale, Milford, Mass. The Practical
    Christian, Hopedale - 1858

    This far the kindergarten meets with approval both of parents and teachers. The class that entered first
    grade in the fall of 1899 showed the children who had received instruction in the kindergarten to be better
    prepared to go ahead with the work than those who had not received this training. We recommend that the
    kindergarten be continued. For the School Committee, Frank J. Dutcher, Secretary - 1899

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                                                    Lt. Draper, November 1861

                                                                                                                       On board steamer Louisiana
                                                                                                                       Baltimore, Maryland
                                                                                                                       November 2, 1861

    Dear Father:

        As I have little time to spare now, I will devote it to letting you know how I am and how I have got along
    since I last saw you.

        After we left Worcester, we proceeded to Allyus Point where we took the boat for New York. We arrived
    there safely at about 10 A.M., and marched to the Park where we left the men while the Officers went to the
    Astor House to dinner. You have probably read an account of what was said and done there so there will be
    no necessity of telling you. Suffice it to say that I liked the speaking and the dinner very well on the whole. At
    about five o'clock we marched to the Jersey City ferry, and took the cars to Philadelphia. We arrived there at
    half past one this morning and got a good meal at Cooper's Free Volunteer refreshment saloon. Mr. Cooper
    feeds every regiment that goes through there free of expense. In New York we were said to be the best
    looking and best drilled New England regiment that had passed through.

        After our meal at Philadelphia we marched (in the rain) to the Baltimore depot, and set out for here where
    we arrived an hour or two since. We are now on board the Steamer Louisiana bound for Annapolis, but as it
    is stormy we probably shall not go there to-night.

         We luckily have got so far without meeting with any accidents except the loss of two tall hats. Our rations
    have not arrived yet and we have eaten nothing of any account since 1:30 o'clock this morning, so you can
    imagine we await their arrival with impatience. When you write, direct to: Lieutenant W.F. Draper, Company
    B, 25th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, Annapolis, Maryland.

                                                                                                        Remember me to all inquiring friends.

                                                                                                        W.F. Draper

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                                                                                                                              Camp Hicks
                                                                                                                              Annapolis, Maryland
                                                                                                                              November 13, 1861
    Dear Father:

        I received your letter to-night and was very glad to hear again from the loved ones at home. I never
    experienced such delight at receiving letters as I have since I have been here. It seems for a moment to
    carry me back to those loved scenes that I remember so well. You must write to me father, mother, sisters,
    uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, and although I cannot have time to answer all, yet a letter to you father,
    or to mother will do to let them know how and where I am, and how I am enjoying myself. If there is any
    privacy in them, you can tell them the rest.

        I said I was glad to hear from home, but I was doubly glad to hear from you as you always write such
    good letters, so full of the best of advice and words of good cheer. I have just written a letter to George
    Wright, and it is now nearly bed time, so you must not expect a very long letter.

        I am progressing finely in my business. I find that I am getting quite well posted in Battalion drill. Think
    that I am getting along well personally too. Spend most of my spare time in study and writing. Our regiment
    is improving in drill very fast. A report is current that we are to be General Burnside's bodyguard. I think as
    well as you that we are to go south soon, perhaps very soon.

        I find that my dignity is increasing naturally daily. It seems perfectly natural for me to command, and the
    men all execute my commands readily. I expect we shall be paid off soon. If so, I shall probably send home
    $100 or more for safe keeping.  There is one more thing that I should like: a Smith and Wesson's six inch,
    barreled revolver. You can take pay for it, it you wish, out of the money I send home. I think the pistol I have
    now is not powerful enough. Send two hundred cartridges with it.

        It will be Thanksgiving a week from to-morrow, I see by the papers. I shall think of you then, and although
    not present in body shall be in spirit, if such a thing is possible. I hope you will have a pleasant meeting.

        As "Tattoo" has sounded I must draw my letter to a close. Tell Ba that although I have not time to answer
    her letter, I was very glad to receive it. I was surprised to see that she could write so well.  Love to all.
                                                                                                                              Yours truly,

                                                                                                                               W.F. Draper

    More of Draper's letters written during his first few months in the Army, up through a battle at New Berne,
    South Carolina.

                                                                        
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