November 30 1862

Mey Deare Betsey i received youer leter laste

night and ite gac mee graight plser to heare from

you but it gave mee pain hare that you was un

well and the John had left you and the way

that the nabers has tretid you i hope that you

will git better for it greves me sore to hear that

you are sick your have senchare mee abought leving

hom and i Donte noe how i cold a done enney better

in the surcemstances that i was plast in at that

time for i coold make nothing thar and times was so

hard that i did note now what to doo and the

times is hard hear two for i Dont beelive that

thar was ever sutch times in the world hear you

cant gite enney thing with out paing ten

prices for it we hav to pay twentey fiv centes a

quart for potatoes and thertey fiv for port if wee

Did not doo it we shold starv for we dont draw

bute six ounces of beef a Day and a teaspon

full of salt and if we did not i dont noe what

we shold doo salt is worth seventey fiv centes a pound

and you cant git clothing with out paing ten

prices for it sockes one doler and a half a pare and

a pore calaco shirt fore dolers i bought two and

gav that for them shoes is fifteen dolers a pare i baught

a par of bootes when i come hear and giv fifteen dolers for them

this war cant hold mutch longer for our horsis is is

half the tim with out enney thing to eight and

so ar we onely for what we bey at affel hie price

i was o gard when i recivd youer letter and i Just

sate down and red it but it dont sattisfey mee

yet for i want to hear from you every weak

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Betsey if i hav don rong i am sorrey for it for

i cold not hav maid two hundrid dolers thar in

two years and i hav maid fifteen hunred and

if i Die or git cild you and Johnney will have

it mey Dear trie to git him back and tel him

that if he will com back he shal hav the first

colt that the mar has and if he dos not com home let

him stay till i com hom for i dont want him to

be stroling a bout the cuntrey mey Deare i think

that i will git hom in fiv or six wekes we cant

git hom when we plese for thar verey strict and

we hav to tak it in turnes as we came in the servis

but i hav baught one felers turn that comes bee fore

mines and i think that i will git home in four or

fiv wekes Betsey if you new how i feele while i am

righting this you wood pittey me for i cant con

tain mey selfe i am so anches to see you and calladona

and John for i am a fraid that sumthing will happin

to him if he will com back and doo well that i will

giv him twentey dolers when i com home i want

you to doo with the monney as it sutes you and

when i com home i will bring some more i donte

want youto want for enney thing while the monney

laste tel John to tak good car of mey mar if caladona wants

that ar dres let hur hav it if you dont want if for

i hav no yuse for it i must come to a close for

[ner?] night may god bles you both and give you hlth

So fare you will i remain youer afectionat

untill Deth

S L Fuller

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Caladona bee good to yoer granma and i will

pay you for it i think that the ware will end by

march and then i will hav monney anoughly to giv

a start in the world a gane may god bless you both

fare you well i have mor to right but i hant got

time now Bought Jonson i told him if he cam up

and John was a stroling a bought for to bringe down

to his house and send him to skoole i was afrad that

he wood doit when i gote off i doo not no what

to doo with him but when i com hom i will doo

Sumthing with him if he dose not doe better

if he comes back and staes if you can

make him sum cloes and if not Dont mak him

enney a tal god noes whate to doo with him

Doo as you think best and it will be right

So fare you well a gain Dont for git to

right when you git this and right everey

wek for it will giv me grate pleser to

here from yo as often as that

S L Fuller

Monday morning December the i i commense

Agane to right a few more lines i cold note

mi letter of this morninge be case i had no stamp

so i thought that i wood fill mey letter

when i took the notion to cum in the armey

cod see not other way to liv for thar was noe

way to make monney and i did note blev that

war wood last longe and neither doo i now

i blev that the ware will in march and if

it foese i hav maid a good winters work

i mey mind coold be contented but ites

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is note if enney thing shold happen that i cant

gite hom as soon as i sed i will com in march

a man cant mak enney thine for ouer provisiones

so cares that it all his wagers to gite sumthing to eight [1]

and so fare well wonce more

S L Fuller

  1. cares = scarce
November 30, 1862


Residence (County): 
Randolph County, AL


Residence (County): 
Randolph County, AL

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
April, 2013
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
April, 2013

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