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April 21st, 1861

My Dear affectionate son I have just Received a letter from you which gave me great satisfaction to hear from you. But Alas to my sorrow you have proved to be a cesessionist which I hoped you would be as far from to the north is from the south O my God would that you could see where you stand and turn to the sure and just [that?] [Blessed?] good old union which our fore fathers fought bled and died, to establish our liberty peace and comfort!. O would we this soon trample that sacred peace and union under our feet. God forbid my son.

My son don't be angry with me for I awfully fear that our peace is done here on this Earth. Suffer me to address you in a fatherly good manner as I have been living [a long] time and has been a close observer in my time. I can see what is comeing up just as fast as the wheel of time can roll it on but I have not the language to express it, O, that I had so that I could convince you where you stand and what you are doing consider my son what you are doing consult your own judgement and dont listen to the persuasions of others those large negro holdes that just gives one side of the question they will speak to you of what glories would be in the south if you will just help us and Blaspheme the union that sacred union to the lowest degrade view it my son

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O my son I am sorrow to think that you are are sorrow that I am a union man would to God my son that you were a unionist for you are the only union disunion son that I have in existance and I hope you will take all things in to consideration + turn with one fond [belief] that I am right.

My son you stated in your letter + seemed to indic[ate] that we were all of a land of heathern where we did not no anything + could not get the news, suffer me to inform you that we are not + I thank God for it though if times keep on we will be or might just as well be if the south carri[es] her designs into executions which I hope she will never be able to do. I get the general news from all quarters of the Earth and am tolerably well enlighten but to the south I never will turn, for this reason I will tell you presently for I dont think it is right.

The next statement was that you had been intruded on I wish you had told me in what way + manner the north had ever intruded on you + what [time?] + what was the cause of this I believe I know you say that the north has takeing away your negros when has Ala or Miss ever are negro just tell me of one It is the frontier states that has suffered by them states [if?] any has why did they not. Back, kick [?] up, you did not hear them. No blow out for the southern confederacy no, they pled for the south to hold on and not fly off to stay and see if their

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states wouldn't rescind that law, why dident those southern states cut them states off they could have done it if they passed unconstruction as law. no, that wasent the idie with them I tell you my son It is office seekers that has caused the hole of this they must fly off have a southern confedracy and have a president in the south to rule over as an monarchy just view what they have already done for the south has to pay what the united states had to pay how are you going to stop all this; where is your force to do it where are your arms where are your brigs of war and in fact I dont see any chance for you the north has them all & all the materials to work with & the one to [ ?] so I think the chance of the south is but slim but 7 states and half of them is for the union & a great portion has got to crave for the war to commence as there is no chance for peace & as Ala has ceseded there is about a half of the counties agoing to cesede from the state for they have the same Right as the state had to secede from the united states they will go back to to Tennessee not back petition to be cut off to Tennes for it is not come off nor the war will the states that have seceded S.C. Ala Miss ? ? & Florrida . It is doubtful any beings off for they cannot come out only in the same way that they went in by petition I am sure there is not one done that just ? ? said it was off and it is stood

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that [day ?] why did they not let the people have the vote on it; cant you see that the few rules the hole state they dont let us have nothing to say in public concerns atall and if we let them have that they will take more & press a little harder as we could bear it. that is the way they are working the thing, what is the reason they not let us have vote on it because they [ ?] the union would carry and then be nonsuited in there designs and for my part I believe lincoln will make a fair president, give him a trial and see what he does and if he ont administrate the constitution aright then I say take him out hang him so high as wagon swing him between the heavens and earth; he has no power only through congress, congress has to empower him before he can do any thing he can only votoe & 2 thirds of the house will take that power away from him then. and what has Davis done why they [ ?] 15,000000 millions of [beings ?] to be sold and our childrens children will be tax to pay off those bonds, 29 millions of [Davis ?] hanging over Ala cant more than pay the interest on it, lincoln has never done this yet . he hasent put the tarp on us yet nor taxed but still he is the object of scorn & for the vice he is just as pur blood as any if he is negro It looks like the south except of [ ?] as they are fond of Negroes. I am not an abolishionist you might cencer me. I dont care for the Negroes.

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