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Ira Conine Papers: Transcripts - MS 673
July 14, 1865
My dear Jennie:
I don't know whether you have took an oath never to write to me again or not. I only can hope you are not so cruel, yet I have written you twice and both letters have had ample time to have been received and answered yet I hear nothing from them. Shall I still hope?
Me thinks I hear your response through weak and cold (yes, if you are good at hoping).
I am in Greenville, Tennessee if you wish to write me please answer those letter and address,
Ira B. Conine
Box 27 Greenville, Tenn
I understood from a late letter that Jennie had'nt heard from me for a long time and that she said she did'nt care anything about it, wasn't going to fret herself. Now I am glad you don't fret for I don't like to see any one borrow trouble.
I don't want you to understand that my long silence was for the purpose of fretting you but it was just as I told you on account of the irregularity of the mail and perhaps I would be here today or in N.C. or in Eternity tomorrow but since I have become stationed I have written you twice. Also written home but hear nothing from them. I have no excuses or apologies to make more that I have made. I now await an answer it is 9.P.M. time I was in bed and I will be in five minutes more.
Forgot to say _____ you was married but what difference should that make you certainly wont object to write me as an old friend if nothing more. Remainder the __ Ohio (Hy) started home to day I expect you will hear great stories when they all get home about me but you mus'nt believe all you hear. I shall be home myself some time if I live. My regards to everybody and Love to Jennie. I retire, it is raining. I shall dream a pleasant dream of you to night I know.
July 17, 1865
My own dear Jennie,
Yours of the 9th ___was received this evening. Could I on the receipt of a letter from that "Fair Lady," do as you done, defer writing for one week? Not I. Why! upon the receipt of your letter this eve, I felt as though I had been borned again. Thought I was home for some time, and even looked around to see if any one would see me, should I attempt to steal a kiss from those sweet lips I so of'times pressed to mine. Jennie I must say you addressed me very coldy. Yet ___so much so as I expected or really deserved. I am indeed sorry anything should ever happen to mar your peace and happiness or make you think so ill of your unworthy suitor. But 'tis done and I can do but what I have already done. Confess my wrongs and beg your pardon-this accepted and I remain as ever "your devoted lover."
I have indeed enjoyed myself very much since I have been in this place. Was out horseback riding this eve with a Miss [McCorkle] of this city. She is handsome and a perfect lady, we rode about four miles in the country and on our return called and spent the evening with a Miss Wilson, a most particular lady friend of mine. I just have more "Little Cousins" in this town than any fellow you ever saw-"all Coz."
You speak of lady's accomplishments here. Indeed there is none so fascinating or accomplished in my estimation as yourself. I love them all as friends but more than that I can love none but "Jennie."
Do not let any report or suspence disturb your peace on my account for it is all for yourself to say whether we shall be one or twain.
Glad to hear you enjoyed the Fourth so well, we have a great many Fourths here about one per week. I should love to be home when Anderson and Han hitch but if they tie before the last of August or first of September I cant see them. I think they might wait and have both "jobs" done at once don't you. Excuse my neglect forgot you had about dissolved partnership with me but if they will wait perhaps you and I can settle that little difficulty.
I hav'nt much to write as I expect to return home ere long then I will tell you all. I shall expect an answer to this. I will telegraph father before starting so that you may know when to quit writing.
I remain as ever, yours,
I. B. Conine
July 22, 1865
I ____ myself to write you, but what shall I say. Well I have quit work and expect to return home as soon as I can get my business settled. I am compelled to go to Elizabethtown this State and Asheville, North Carolina, think I can get through and start home by the first of August. You need'nt write me again for I shall not be here to receive your communication. I do wish you was here to accompany me to Elizabethtown and Asheville. I know you would enjoy the trip so much. I will just devote a greater portion of my time (as you cannot be with me) in thinking of you-will that do Jennie? I am sorry I cannot be with you sooner but circumstances will not admit and I know you wille excuse me.
You will please tell Anderson and Han they mus'nt "splice" before I return. I want to have a hand in that myself. Weather too warm now anyway. I am well and getting along as usual. Hoping this may find you enjoying health as well as your little self. I beg leave to conclude. Regards to every body and love to Jennie.
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