Bygones of Monroe:
Monroe Soldiers Aid Society - Monroe, Dec. 8th, 1862
Mr. Editor – We have received the following in regard to a barrel of dried and canned fruits sent by the “Aid Society” in October last, for the benefits of the Michigan sick in St. Louis. Please have the kindness to publish.
Mrs. Grosvenor, Cor. Sec’y
Mrs. Ira R. Grosvenor, Monroe, Mich.
Dear Madam – Your note of the 27th reminds me of my great neglect, or the failure of “Uncle Samuel’s” mails. I am quite sure I advised you of the receipt of the barrel of fruits &c. I now take pleasure in communicating the facts of the safe arrival of the package; nothing was broken. The contents were mostly distributed by Mrs. Fisk in person. She twice visited “Jefferson Barracks Hospital” twelve miles down the river, sought out all Michigan soldiers and gave them of your gifts. We are constantly in receipt of such consignments. They can all be well used especially the fruits and jellies. The freight on your barrel was not much a small sum, which I, as a “Michigan boy” insisted upon paying. You will therefore vote me a member of “M.L.S.A.S.”
I am Madam, very respectfully
Your obedient Servant,
Clinton B. Fisk, Brig. Gen’l Vols.
Headquarters Department of the Missouri
St. Louis, Dec 2d, 1862
Monroe Monitor, December 17, 1862, page 2