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Solomon Brown Letter to Spencer Baird on Confederate Army marching on Washington, DC, July 15, 1864

Solomon Brown Letter - July 15, 1864 - Page 1

Smithsonian Institution
Washington July 15th 1864
Prof Baird
Dear Sir
Yours dated July 12th
have just Arrived and we are all glade to
hear from you and family all here is well - many have been much frightened at the annual visit
of the Rebels to their friends at Maryland, but we are told that the Johny Rebs are returning
home with lots of Presents an including money from their [?joy] Entertainers, we are also told
here that among many other funny thing they performed that they knocked but the door of
Washington was not opened unto them. they being a set of high bread gentlemen concluded
not to come in with no, sure of civil treatment, so they marched off much to the joy and
comfort of a greatly Excited Populace of this city, but you would really feel secure wane you
here just now 

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particularly when the Report came in that the Rebels had left for the South, to
see the great number Brave fighting men that came out from their hiding Places and Paraded
through streets in serch of arms to meet the Rebels. but they was mustered out to return to
they several dens .I.E. the drinking Saloons, gambling halls and other low places. to fight enemy
them selves, for it was Imposable for decently disposed persons to pass cirtain localities with
out be interfered with by this brave men who wanted to fight when the Rebel had gone, But
not one gravel on the Roof of your very pleasant home has been misplaced. the Inmates have
much frightened the past 3 days refusing all consolations, but glad to say on my visit this day
found them Par taken each Partaken of Food which sustains life and do at least afford
consolation to the hungry. Mr Varden desire to be remembered to you and says that up to this
time nothing have come & with the exception of one Flügel Box (114) Books which Prof H. had
me (Solomon) to open and Miss Jane to Enter send off. your chest, jun-box & trunk shall be get
Ready to day and sent of to E. Town, Ny. the work of Rearranging stock on hand progresses but 

Solomon Brown Letter - July 15, 1864 - Page 3

slowly. The Sec'd Nat. Part. l. of Meteo Results is being dilivered Bound in cloth.
The Building is very slimly attended by visitors scarcely one person to be seen in
Museum at any one hour in the day.
Mary, & Sarah desire me to remember them kindly to you Mrs Baird & Miss Lucy.
And I would beg that I may also be remembered to them Prof Henry & family, Mr Meek,
Mr Gill, Mr Banister, Mr Rheese Mr Force & Miss Burner is still here Also Mr Gount Mr Diggs,
Mr Sulivan, Mr DeBust and occasionally Mr Brown is also here.
All able to be at their several post & duty so that no dissatisfaction seems to Exist. all is
harmonious The Market here have taken a sundon Rise so that the cost of living scence
Saturday last is awfull in the Extrem. flour $20 to 25. Butter 50 to 75. Hares 35 to 40 [?mulding]

30 to 35. shoulder bacon 25 to 30 per lbs. and I learned this moment that they are yet going up
in price. Should you go to phila Please send me word what hams can be bought for there with
the address of the Parties. and Brown sugar is 35 to 40 here with an upward tendency. now
what people here is to do is a question remain to be solved.  

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I will not write more here will look for a letter soon from you.
I send on to day another Batch of paper to the care of your
Brother Mr. Wm Baird If your mother is there at Reading Be kind
Enough to give regards to her-
Yours very Respectfuly
Solomon G. Brown
P.S. I had prepared aplace in center of the cole celler under South tower under stone floor for
the deposition of a box of valuables committed to my care should any thing suddenly turn up to
prevent them being shipped to a place of safty. outside of town.
This you will remember should anything turn up - but at present they
remain where you last saw them