1849 December 2. H. B. Holland ALS to R[obert] C. Justis; St. Louis.
Discussion of Justis's recent problems and opinion on "rascals" and "rats" who appear to be gentlemen. Advises Justis not to settle affairs in court if possible. Description of recent trips along the Illinois River. Acceptance of a foundry job. Expected attendance at balls during upcoming social season. Thoughts on marriage and effects of extended courtship on marriage prospects. Men from California have returned after discovering that life there requires much hard work.
1850 January 17. Samuel Leachman ALS to R[obert] C. Justis; St. Louis.
Pleasant New Year's Day. Recent social calls. Offer to forward a token to "Miss Martha," should Justis send one. Desire for Justis to visit in early March, when Leachman's brother will be in St. Louis. Anticipates remaining in St. Louis through the summer.
Undated. "Mary" ALS to Robert C. Justis; [Wilmington, Delaware].
News of recent marriages, including an unexpected union and weddings of Justis's old friends. Death of an acquaintance by "brain fever." Discussion of local school, with largest class in its history. Local news of family members and friends. Advises Justis to return while cholera and smallpox are present in St. Louis. Sticker on verso reads: "The hope of return takes the sting from adieu."