William D. Workman collection
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The Rufus Robbins family papers contain 16 letters addressed to Robbins, who served with the 7th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. In 15 letters, members of the Robbins family, all strong Union supporters, described life in South Abington, Massachusetts; provided news of local families; and discussed their work. Their letters reveal optimism about the war and apprehensions for soldiers' welfare. Ruth Barrows, Rufus's sister, shared her belief that the war would be short and mentioned her anxiety about her husband's expected enlistment (August 4, 1861). Edwin Robbins, Rufus's youngest brother, wrote about shoemaking, a trade he entered to supplement his family's income from farming. The final item is a letter from R. Rowles to "R. Robbins" about the Catholic Church (July 7, 1860).