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Ira Conine Papers: Transcripts - MS 673
Wednesday Feb 1st 1865
Your shirts are finished, butter packed and Pa and Ma are going to Ottaway tomorrow to express them. Then I suppose they "perhaps" they will see Old [Pap] Bysel also Jennie. Sallie and I went up to [Mackeys] after the mail no letter from Ira as usual. But I received one from Gifford C. also his photo which looks verry [very] natural. Well Ira our snow has gone at last and glad indeed am I for we have either had company or went our selfs every day since sleighing. Went to that oyster supper last night. Was three o'clock this morning when we got there was about 14 or 15 couples there. P. McGinnis and Lady were there (Miss Oliver). She is a gay girl. There was only two or three soldiers there, rest were home substitutes. We shall look for Mr. Wallace to call around next Saturday eve to go to singing. Don't want to be disappointed as we will have our Sunday faces on. Sallie received letter from J.S. this eve is well still at Savannah. Mr. Richard Dukes and Lady young Lewis Dukes and Lady John and Martha John Hickerson and Lady were all here today. Ira you need not be affraid to eat this butter for it is white and clean. But our cows don't give yaller milk in the winter. Never the less the whiter it is the cleaner it is. Yes and there is the sausage that cant help but be clean for [Dunn and Goit] made it them selfs. If these shirts are to large you and Wallace can both get in them. We shall look for you and him up here about Sugar making time. We will go over and healp [help] Jennie stir off some ___ as her and old [Gadis] are going to make on the shares (so Jennie said when up here). Did New Years and Christmas come out your way on their travels. Jim Beard is not expected to live untill morning with the brain fever. There is spelling at [Ian] Dykes school house Friday eve (come go if you have time). Jennie Downing teaches there, my pen is so poor can hardly write my eyes are so dim (being up so late). There fore I will close hoping to hear from you soon. [Hope good sausage sliped down].
And hoping this letter will cure your throat. I will close.
From, Mollie Conine
Our love to you.
Don't let this sausage "stop" up your passage. Mollie
Mrs. Bill Moffitt was burried [buried] Monday, do mention Sister Salls name in your next for she is mad as a wet hen but she cant spend time to think of you now. She is writing to Johnnie. Our office is still at the old block. Dunn says tell Ira we have our dressing room darkened windows nailed down to prevent straglers [stragglers] from looking in or hoisting the window. Well I am sleepy.
I received a note from you last Saturday night. Glad to hear you was well provided with money and paper stamps etc. Hope we here after we shall hear from you oftener. It is quite sickly around here. Mostly lung fever. Well we have got your shirts done. Martha came over to day and helped me make them. Hope they will suit you. Butter not as yellow as summer. But it is sweet. I got one can full of Aunt Melie you know that is clean. I had sold all mine before you wrote. Ira if you can get tea for $1.25 per lb. please send me a can or so full if it is not as good as that you brought home. Tea is $2.40 per lb.
July the 9th 1865
Yours of the 27th was received last night. Glad to hear you are well but when John Vansickle came home and said you had your discharge and ___ ___ ___ down there and ____ tell you how I felt and give up and went to bed. The next day could not ___ ___ ___ ___ Pa got a letter from you got one from Wallace [making] your whereabouts tell him for me I am much obliged to him for his information and we should be happy to have him come home with you. John [Vansickle] came to see us the second day after his return. Ira we think you are getting good wages but what of that. There is enough for you here and I do not want you to stay down there. All the boys are coming home don't you suppose you have as good a home to come too as the most of them. And as many warm friends to greet you. ___ thought she would match you for not writing make you think we did not think of you but if you could hear them speak of you daily you would think different. Anderson came home this week has his discharge. He was surprised to hear you had hired out down there. John Shaw is home, he is here to night we have all been over to Bysel school house to day to meeting lots of young men there. Can see the effects of peace. Ira do come home to day, wont you? Don't stay longer than your month is out. The 118th are at Cleveland mustered out waiting for their pay. There has so many things happened since we have written to you I cannot commence telling you. Come home and then we will tell you all. I will stop and let pa write a few lines. We are usually well.
Mondy morning all well except Sally. She had to be watched last night but she is going to school this morning again. We are getting along with out war ___ I have got my [cloves] cut and in stacks. Wheat nearly all cut wheat very poor in this country. Grass oats and corn good. It is a very wet harvest. You can say to Liu Wallace [Lieutenant Wallace] that I understand that he and my wife has got to corispond and and he better look out for if I get my [head] up this ___ last they are waiting for they.
Wm G. Conine
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