Location: Flemington, Pennsylvania
This letter is being transcribed exactly as written. Any misspellings are intentional.
Flemington Feb 2 1860
It is with a sorrowfull hart that I inform you that our brother William Housler is dead--he departed this life yesterday morning about ten o'clock--thinking perhaps you have not heard of the accident I will be (illegible) in describing it--he had just returned from Philadela a week ago last Tuesday night, about twelve o'clock at night he in company with two other men went to the Clinton House in Lock Haven & as he was walking along the (illegible) in Front of the House he fell down the seller or was nocked down & no one is certin which, at all event his skull was broke either by the blow or fall--the Doctors trapaned his skull & thought he would of got well--but one night when the watch was a sleep he got up to get a drink of watter fainted away & struck his head against the Beadstid. Elihu Housler was with him for about 20 hours before he dide & I got heare about one hour after he was berrid. So I did not get to see him at all--I answered your letter as to your inquiry about William then he was not hurt now your worst expectations is fully Realised.
O Polly how uncertin is life and How certin is death. Dear William the death of no one else could pain me more, how soon may it be our lots.
William new Elihu after he got heare and spoke several words--We will start for home in the morning if all is well.
Polly do come over and se us--I now you will come and se mother--Elihu has saved some of his hair and I have got the piece of skull from the Doctor--it is late and I must settle his Bill, so I have not time to write more at present--May God protect us til we meet again.
Yours truly, M. Housler