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Webb Family Papers - MS 518: Transcripts
August 14, 1864
Perrysburg Wood Co. O. Aug 14th 1864
Yesterday after arranging things, so as to stay away a few days, I started with Charley about sun rise in his wagon for Town, hoping to get a ride--got to Gerrit's and they were none of them going to Town and were busy with the team so I started on-- Got quite a piece when Martha came running and calling after me and said her Father would take me to Spinks. So I went back and in a few minites started for that place. Found a letter there from you. They are well except Mr. Spinks eyes which are very sore--one of them he can scarcely see out of. He intended to answer your letter today. He brought me to Mothers in the afternoon. Hannah had started with Jessie for Buffalo but by the time they got to Toledo Jessie was so overcome and so much worse that they had to return home. She probably will not live many months. Mr. Spink will have business in Town every day next week and will take me home whenever I get ready to go, so I have a much easier time altogether, than I expected. I want to stay long enought to get Charlie's picture--shall probably go home Tuesday. Perhaps Mother will go with me. Spink ordered Williams' clerk to sent that tobacco you wrote him about but he had thought no more about it. So I arranged the matter with "Curly" to send you a quarter of a lb. a week until I ordered him to the contrary, and he did some up for that purpose while I was at the store. I thought best to send the points in a letter. I have written you such long leters that I will make short so as to send you more paper for I cannot write much now. Charly is so mischievous. So good-by my dear good husband
From your affectionate
Eliza P. Webb
October 4, 1864
Hartleton Oct 4th, 1864
Mrs. Eliza P. Webb,
You no doubt will be suprised, on the receipt of a letter from me, in whom you had lost all hope of hearing from, though, you had presented in yours of both may last, so friendly and affectionate feelings toward me and my family, yet nevertheless, be assured that there has been a continued anxiety for the wellfare of you and little boy, and especially for the wellfare of Charles, who has gone forward to the front of battles of our Beloved Country to repell the wicked rebellion which has been raging for the destruction of this our Republican form of Government. But should he fall, or has he fallen, in the said going forward, he will be remembered with such undying respect that you, and the dear boy shall live to see the day when good men will Revere both him and you and boy: yet should the Good Lord answer our prayers, then he, (Charles) will return to his family, and while life shall last, he will have reason to be proud, ya, thankfull, that he had been blessed with the courage and energy which enobled him to do his duty to his Country:--But should he never return it is meat, that we should properly grieve, but not suffer ourselves to be overcome, for such cases there are many in our Country. They are all around us;- One of my nefews, J.E. Wilt, a Corporal, fell in the Wilderness on the 6th of May last, and whether or not buried we know not. --for aut [aught] we know his bones, are now bleaching on the battlefield. But his memory, does, and shall for life be held in the highest regard.
I should like to write to him a word of Comfort, but I cannot, as I do not know where to write. But I immagined to see him with Gen. Sherman, about Atlanta, and should he he would he not feel happy because of the Gen--great success. God bless Gen. Sherman and all the Army.--Amen. (over) Before this may reach you, you may have heard of our good success, also about Richmond, and in the Shannundoah Valley.--and how much more (by the time you receive this) cannot be immagined. I do hope it may still progress.
We are now satisfyed that we see the downfall of this hellish Rebellion. The Enemy is now surely Ratling in the throat and must soon die:-- Be of Good Cheer, for in addition to what is now manifest, we will, and can elect good old Abraham Lincoln, who will, with the aid of the true armies of America finish the hard work, which he found undone by the Trator, James Buchanan. I am not ashamed to acknowledge, that I was a democrat, all the time of my qualifications, as an Elector. (and am now, a true Democrat.) but when J.B. excepted [accepted] the Cincinnati Platform, then I bolted, and would no longer pull with the so called Democratic Party. And now I hold, as do all good union men, that there is but one way to save this glorious country and that is, to crush the rebellion, and then let honest men, (or a majority of honest men) Rule our Country.
I never was an abolitionist, but now, I hold that slavery is dead, and now let it be, duly, and forever buried, never to rise again, and then the American People will never have anything sufficient, to quarrel about, through which one part may be misled sufficiently to rebell.
Let no man pretend to say with truth that the late Chicago Platform, is not a double faced lie and a cheat, gotten up by a set of men, who would carry water on both shoulders, and were it possible to become a success it will be the cause of the final overthrow of our Government. Enought of this, as I did not intend in the outstart to get into Politics: But so it is there is but one way of it. Men want into power for self.
Well now, having nothing (seemingly) of importance to write, I feel like closing my unconnected letter, almost ashamed to ask of you an answer, yet I will ask of you to write soon and tell us where (if alive) Charles is, and all about him and if you write, please tell him of this letter and write to him and say, that I daily pray to our good Lord, for our President, and all his Subordinants, and the success of our army, and the final restoration of our Union.
Please tell us too, how our friend & Pa Webbs are--
We are all well, hoping this may reach you enjoying the same blessings.
We have had tolerable good crops this season, (when Charles was with us we had a complete failure).
Our fruit crop is this season very good, except cherries, of these we had an abundance.
I should like to how Charles' grape succeded--the one he planted for his Aunt Mary, (my wife) has grown to a large arbour, and had this year at least 4 lbs Clusters. We have 2 others, not quite so large: The currents [curants], that Charles planted are now a fine row. The peach tree he planted is a fine bearer.
Please tell us how you are geting along, & c. I will now close-- hoping that you may forgive me for the seeming disrespect towards you in having so long delayed writing.
So for the Present I would say Fare you well and try to believe me to be your true friend.
P.S. Mrs. Wilt joins me in the foregoing-
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