Title: Letter signed Fan [Frances Morrison], Washington, Hempstead Co., Ark., to her mother Mrs. Irene M. Morrison, Carondelet, St. Louis Co., Mo., January 18, 1864
Description: Relays family and personal news.
Transcription: Washington Hempstead Co. Arks. Jany. 18th 1864. Dear Mother, An opportunity offers itself Your devoted Fan —
to send of once visiting “Home —”, How much I have to write about, and would like to speak of — were not other eyes, but the loved ones, for whom they are intended — have to peruse them before they are permitted to reach their destination. Many times have I written since the deaths of our dear ones — and not a line, have I received in return. Tell G. that what few effects belonging to E. that were not appropriated by the stranger and not stolen by his body servant are with me — I have her likeness and Fan’s — I shall send a lock of his hair — by the first opportunity. I understood that Mat had received all Lit’s effects — thro’ the courtesy of our old friend Genl Grant. I see Pa has been placed on the Retired List. I was not sorry as he is at an age when he needs quietness — T. is doing well and we are quite independent, have every comfort that we need — and could I only see you all once more, I should be perfectly happy — I am almost tempted at times, to try and get a passport and go and visit you — T. is perfectly willing I should do so knowing how anxious I am to see you all once more — My children are growing fast Lyd will be married the middle of next month. to a young physician of standing, and a man of means. We were opposed to it, for sometime yet to come — as they both persist in it we have consented. Lyd looks eighteen, is tall and stout. We heard Mollie was married. I do hope dear Mother you will write to me — I am so anxious about you all T. will call and see Mrs Scott[?] and will tell her all about us — I am residing some miles from where she is — and T is stationed in the same place and can see her — If the roads would permit, I could go up in my carriage. The rains have made them impassable. I am in good health, weigh one hundred and eighty five pounds — getting a little grey — will never look as young as you did at my age — your nice likeness that you sent to me thro- Lit — looks as young as I do at present — I wish I had pa’s — it would be such a comfort to have it — Dear Ma — I say I plead that you will write me — if it is only to say you are well — my love to my dear sisters — a kiss to dear pa and the little ones — my children all send love — God bless you
Transcription: Washington Hempstead Co.
Jany. 18th 1864.
An opportunity offers itself
Place: United States
Maker/Creator: Higgins, Frances M. Morrison
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
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