One could hardly ask for a greater enjoyment, on New Years day, than a warm fire, and there did not seem to be much pleasure away from it, your friends here are well, and you have some very good ones, We do not have very good meetings, this winter, And our school I am afraid will not amount so much, The children like her very much as an associate, (their teacher I mean) Mr. & Mrs. [Teoffer?] wish to be remembered to you with much respect, & Mr & Mrs Hays also, The girls have obtained your drawing, and I am sorry that it is so much soiled, I hope it will reach you safely. We shall always be glad to hear from you, whenever you can spare time to write. Give my respects to your Mother, and friends, and believe us, ever sanly shine,
PS We shall want to know whether you get your drawing. Please write and let us know, We shall send it with the letter
God has dealt very kindly with us in these times which [illegible]ly weing the hearts of many. My husband had the great affliction to bury his son after a weeks illness at Vicksburg, He died just before the surrender, We all grieve at his early death His father takes it very hard, he was himself, soon after, taken sick, and sent up to Mound City hospital, where he wrote for me to come after him, thinking he should never recover, if he staid there. I went down about the middle of August, and succeeded in getting a furlough for 20 days, After the expiration of which he went into the hospital at Madison where he still remains. It seems cruel that they will not let him stay at home.
but they tell me military orders must be obey'd , His health is slowly improving, and he is allowed to visit home about once in three weeks, for the long space of 24 hours, (generous, is it not?) I was absent from home two weeks, and was ill for several weeks after my return, but have quite recover'd my health, O, these are times, which try the faith of every honest man and woman, My patriotism is all gone, I am sorry to say it, (and could hardly dare to, before my husband) I suppose it is wrong to feel as I do somet -mes, but cant help it. (two weeks later, New Years and Christmas have passed, and I hope you have enjoy'd them pleasantly
1863 Dec 21
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.0 cm
Squire, R., "Letter from R. Squire to John Muir, 1863 Dec 21" (1863). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1153.
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