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Waiting to Wed
Dearest Jeanie: Highlights of the Wilkes-Smedberg Papers (1853-1913)

 Postcard of Devasego Falls near the Smedberg's summer home.

The summer of 1853 found Jeanie in the Catskills at the Smedbergy's summer house Devasego in Greene County, New York. Here she passed the days entertaining friends, horseback riding, picnicing, minding her younger brothers as well as her nieces and nephews. Her letters from this time period are filled with a longing to be with Jack and for him to find employment that would enable them to marry.

Painting of the Smedberg Estate - the family home is in the background.

Meanwhile, Jack toiled away in Washington, D.C., as he attempted to organize his father's paper from "Ex Ex" for publication. His letters were filled with anxiety of leaving the Navy (He was on temporary leave.), finding employment and marrying Jeanie.

Washington, DC (Illustrated News 1853)