Letter Dated 3 May 1882, Bremerhaven, Bremen

Dear Bertha,

Mama had me sell the cow! All we own we carry in bundles and bags. But Johann is not with us! He had to remain in Prussia to finish his army service. He said we had to go to Michigan without him and that he will join us as soon as he can.

In the morning we board the S.S. Ohio for Baltimore. We will arrive in Parisville by mid-June! I cannot wait!

Aside from learning a few words of English (did you notice?), I have learned some Beethoven duets for us. But am hoping you will teach me some Stephen Foster songs instead. What do you think?

Your soon-to-be-American brother,