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Letter signed Will. Martin, Ironton, Mo., to Mrs. Martin [Elizabeth Martin], and note from Will. Martin to Augustus, December 8, 1861

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Identifier: D05591

Title: Letter signed Will. Martin, Ironton, Mo., to Mrs. Martin [Elizabeth Martin], and note from Will. Martin to Augustus, December 8, 1861

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States that he wishes his sister would become a volunteer nurse. Includes a note to Augustus regarding his school.



Transcription: Ironton, Mo. Dec 8th/61


Mrs. Martin,


Respected Friend, I received your Letter dated 15th of last Month, asked Julia M. to mention it to you told her supposed it was no use of writeing to both at once and I had to write to her at that time to inform her of the safe arrival of the Box she was kind enough to send me, and you know the Ladies are said to be good hands to distribute News, but being in one place I have not had much to send myself. You ought to be kept pretty well posted on Military matters as you are pretty well represented in the Army by your relations, in a circumstance of which I daresay you are proud of as any patriotic person may well be, if a War for Liberty is not justifiable then none is, both my Sisters thinks I am foolish for putting myself in my present position, Hold my Sister in Philadelphia I should be glad to hear of her being a Volunteer Nurse in Washinton[Washington], but she has not yet took my advice says she would gladly come and nurse me if I required her, am very thankfull have not needed much nursing so far, hope this will find you all in good health, although at all times health is one of the greatest blesings we can have, it is particularly so to a Soldier, would much rather stand my chance in Battle than in a Military Hospital, we have lost two more of our Company by death since last writeing to G. Mumpower, hard times or not it appears you still find time to attend to your Flowers, and do a little visiting some times have some thought of seeing your Flowers next Spring but of course in my present business it is uncertain when I shall be, or which World we shall any of us be in, Death will be sure to overtake us sometime, and somwhere and since Life is so uncertain, it is hardly worth while to get to fond of things here to make it hard for us to leave when our time comes. I occasionally correspond with W. Brown but have not yet met with friend W. Cord since he has being a Soldier, hope you have a School Teacher that suits all round this time at all events suppose our Friend Polly dont interfere with the arrangement. do you ever hear from Sweets Folks now, would like to know what Regt your Brother Jo. was in, shall be glad to hear from you whenever you feel disposed to favor me, please to remember me to the old and young Martins, and believe me to remain


Yours respectfully

Willm. Martin




Friend Augustus


It was quite a treat to receive a Letter from you once more, it appears to me a long time since you sent the last one but I hope now you have began you will write a little oftener, expect Alice would write a little if you would give her the chance, how many Scholars have you got this Winter, if your Teacher has got any unruly Boys you can tell him where to find some Willows to straighten them out a little. Am afraid People will have a poor sale for their Corns if they dont get it to Market before you get yours in shall you come out to Misouri[Missouri] to buy a Farm with your Money, you speak of writeing to Henry Lewis we heard he was dead, hope this will find you as good a Boy as you used to be give my love to your Brother and Sisters and believe me to remain your Friend


Willm Martin

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Missouri

Dates: 1861-12-08

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Martin, William, active 1861-1862

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Nurses
Armed Forces
Education

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