2for a few minutes while I recur to them.That your father was rigorous & exacting was known to his neighbors, this with his dignified & gentlemanly appearance, among the frugal class begat a sort of respectful awe, when in his presence. To the credit of his children be it said no complaint or mummur escaped their lips as to the strict discipline to which they were subjected. Not blessed with Scottish tacurnity. With us it was different. We shamefuly and uncerimoniously blabbed our troubles and annoyances. Joined to Charlies tales. unbeknown to him. this placed our father in a false & trying position. Poor dear father. Wronged, misjudged, with motives misconstrued. My God in his mercy judge me less harshly than I did him. When I reach home and have access to my typewriter I will fire some happenings of these days. including my relations with your father and the love and confidence inspired for him that I know will interest you. (occuring after you had left)You ask that I tell you something of my own life. I am 66 years of age. I entered the Army July 4 1862 at 15 years of age was discharged in Feb. 1863. And re-enlisted as soon as I would be accepted. Saw most strenuous service before Petersburg and Richmond and was discharged Aug 186[5?]05409
Hot Springs, Ark.
1913 Mar 31
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 21, Image 0261
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