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Epperly, Christian M. (1837-1904) to Mary Epperly

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02715.023 Author/Creator: Epperly, Christian M. (1837-1904) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 July 1862 Pagination: 4 p.

Complains about the cursing, drinking and card playing in camp. Says he will apply for a furlough. Adds that he will understand if Mary is unable to send him the butter and soap. Discusses his sister Margaret being ill.

Hanover C.H Vir
July The 27 1862
My Most Dear and well Beloved Wife
I Received your kind and effectionet letter today and was glad to hear from you and to hear that you and larah was well: But oh Dear Margret My Dear Sister it is sad noos to my ears to hear from hur and to hear that she was so very lo: By what you rote to me I sopose it has bin gods will to take hur from this world to a nother far better world than this: But I hope it has not bin the [case] I pray to god that when I hear from hur She ma be well again: that if [inserted: it] is my happy lot to Reach home again that I ma see hur in this world wonst mar: it Seames to me that ther is no pleasur for me to see in this [2] World any mar: but I pray to my god that ther is a better day coming when we shal all meet around our fathers Throne in heaven whair wee wont haftoo bid Farwill [inserted: to] Fathers & Mothers and Brothers and Sister: But all will be peas harmony and love forever Dear [Mary] if I could Just be at home this beautiful Sabbath day you dont no what a happy beeing I would be wee cant hear and see any thing here but cursing and swairing and card playing Sonday and every day I seames to me sometimes like it cant be poseible that I can stay with such a croud of men: but I stil put my trus ingod hoping he will soon deliver me from this plase it seams to me like it wouldant be any harme for a man to try to get rid of this plase and get to a better one if he could. Dear mary I sent by Mr Roblerson for you to send me [3] a little Butter and a [cuple Tubs] of soap as he was coming to Floyd on search of some of our [Floyd] Boys that runaway from this company a weeak ar so ago: but I sopose the presant condition of thing wont give you a chanse to send them to me: I would a bin very happy to com with [those] men if I could of got the chanse: they found out that Pelham was going to send some one after them and get him to detail them to go with the officer that was sent with them I believe I will press a furlow and come any how they cont but take my life from me if I doo Dear Wife theas [fieu] lines leaves me in toblarble good health in boddy but with a werry sad heart: all the pleasure that I can see is to neel down before Allmity god my heavenly Father and aske his blessing to rest apon me while here in this wicked world [4] Joseph is well and all the rest of our [Floyd] boys But Mr Wimmer and [haden] Epperlys [haden] has got a very sore throat but I hope he will be well in a [fieu] days I must bring my letter to a close by saying dont greave after me and take as god care of your self as you can an if wee dont meet on [urth] oh ma wee meet in heaven is my prair give my Best respects to all inquiring friend and write to me as soon as you get this letter direct your letters as you have before
I Remain your Tru
Husbin Til Death
C M Epperly
To My Dear Companion
Mary M Epperly

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