From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Oct 19th 
Dear Julia. Since writing I have had the pleasure of seeing Gov Vance. he is here with all the Govs in secret conclave. some great thing is under way but no one seems to be wise enough to know their mission. I only had the pleasure of his company for a short time. I went down to day but thy [sic] was still in session. I will go down to night and if I cannot see him I will not bother myself to call again. he seemed very glad to see me. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing Dr Roach but hope too in a few days. I hope my papers will all come back properly signed in a few days and if I succeed I will get a 60 days Furlough to go home to await orders from the A. + I. Genl. I think I have gained the friendship + confidence of my ward Surgeon and if he continues in charge of this ward untill [sic] my papers come he will be of great advantage to me. Cousin Baxter McLain is here has a store he invited + took Gov. V. to tea last night but I was only a soldier and consequently got no invitation so wags the world. tell Allen that I recvd [sic] his letter + am much obliged to him for the interest he has taken in my welfare and so soon as I can see Dr Roach I will advise him of progerss [sic].
I would be so rejoiced to get to stay at home this winter and perhaps I might be able to provide something for you and the little ones, besides the pleasure of being at home, and as you will need proper care this winter I am anxious to be with you to render your situation as agreeable as possable [sic]. please let me hear from you as often as possable [sic]. Give my love to Allen + Adeline + all the children. my best respects to all inquireing [sic] friends Kiss the children I will close. as ever your affectionate Husband.
I send you a piece paper. also fifty Doll [sic] bill. if that goes well I will send you $25 in next.