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I should smile to see thee riding on a mule. Did thee see anything of the Washington [Lions?]? I have nothing to write that could interest thee. I [presume?]. I have taken more pains with my composition, this term than usual. I don't write anything worth a snap anyway. It seemed an awful long while before thee wrote to me. I [must?] be more anxious about thee than thee, [?] for I am in a peaceful land and surrounded by all that makes life agreable, though to be sure any where and anytime, "in the midst of life we are in death". I believe Miss. C. fell in love with thee, she talks about thee ever so much and she is not the [Low?] Walker kind, but a sensible and splendid woman. I carried thy picture to church to day and have looked at most of the time since it came. Tell Henry to send me one if he pleases. I am going to write to him [immediately?]. I think of you all a great deal and hope your safety may be sure, it is under the care of the angels and of heaven. God bless you all. thee is very good to write to me so often. I will send a photograph of myself pretty soon. I ought to answer Levi's letter. Write just as often as thee can spend or rather find the time. to do so. I thank thee again and again for thy picture. Thee always has my love, [repetition?] [&?] [?] not make it stronger, [distance?] cannot affect it absence cannot cool it. [Dangers?] strengthen it, [time?] increases it. - God bless thee forever and ever
I am having an awful time [?] this up.
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"Glenwood." 12m 7[?] 1861
My Dear Brother;
Thy letter and Photograph came last night and I was very glad to get them. I like thy picture very much only I am sorry to see thee look so thin. I am afraid thee has been sicker than we know of. I hope thee will be very careful, indeed. I am glad thee is not going back into the Company, again, and hope thy health will not force thee to, at all. I should not suppose that Levi would know what to do in his position, and I always thought it too bad some of the boys had the place they pretend to fill, but so it is, and to change now, would create very hard feelings I think. I hear that they think Foster will be obliged to resign on account of his health, and then I suppose Capt. Hill will command the scene of action. Do you know where you are to spend the winter? Some say at Tortugas, and some at the Potomac. I suppose that a battle on land is not anticipated for the present, at least. We hear a great many are sick in all our Regiments. There is a great deal of sympathy for them everywhere, and here, none the less, for girls are patriotic as well as boys, and take part in the spirit that actuates their friends at the camp of [?]. We are very busy here now, preparing for [?]
the term closes a week from next Wednesday. I am going to stay here during vacation, which is only two weeks long. I should be very busy had I not so much work to do [then?]. I am getting along very well this term in my studies I think. Though I never shall try to take so many again. I shall probably not teach any in the winter though I do not know, how it will [be?]. Miss Crampton and Mary Smith have had a regular pitched battle over thy picture. One declared she should [?] and the other said she should not, but I still retain a peaceful posession of it. - - - - - O [?]! I am awfully tired to night, and I wish I could be at home a little while, though I think it would seem very lonely there now. The whole neighborhood must seem strange with all its boys gone excepting Ben and John Putnam. I suppose that uncle Nathan and lady will honor our home with their presence this winter. I should not care to be at home with this in consideration, and I am afraid it will be a loss to mother to change Jennie for them. Guess Thomas will not like it very well either. I do not know whether James is back at Morrisville this winter or not. He likes them very much and they like him I hear. I think Mr. Blanchard, if he did leave his company for the reason thee mentioned, has [lacked?] in manly patriotism, very different from what I and all the rest of his friends expected [in?] him.
One of our scholars died very suddenly last week, the whole school attended her funeral [exercise?]. It was very solemn to us all, and I hope will do us good. She was a lovely interesting girl. I have not heard from Timothy this long time, do not know as I am going to again. Suppose something of the delay may be owing to the irregularity of the mails. I have not a particle of news to write. Here is a [G?] cap, or a night cap, or any kind of a cap for thee, one of the girls crocheted it for me, or rather for thee I guess. She said tell him a girl did it who honors the volunteers and would gladly be one herself if she could. I am afraid it is not large enough, though it will stretch some. I wish I could send thee something more, does thee want a pair of mittens? I have nothing new to write at all. I wish I could do something, that was worth any thing. Nancy is sitting here writing as sober as a [deacon?]. She has not been very well, but is better or would be, if she took care of her health. We have had snow about two weeks, but is almost all gone now. I have not been out of the yard since snow came, and as for a sleigh ride, that is out of the question. They are to send a box from the other village to their co, but I am afraid that if I should send anything it would not reach thee, a good many of our girls are sick now, but I am tuff as a [?].