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Waiting to Wed

At left,  is Devasego, the Smedberg family’s  summer home. The back edition was added after the family sold the house and it was converted into an inn. Jeanie wrote often from Devasego to Jack in Washington, DC. In a letter dated July 10, 1853, she tried to help him work through family duties and career uncertainties that stood as obstacles to their marriage. Jack was working on getting his father’s memoir of the Antarctica expedition ready for press and trying to devise a plan to leave the Navy and marry Jeanie. Read more of this letter.