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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed
Author: Henry S. Figures
Date: May 9, 1861
Place: Montgomery, Alabama
To: William B. Figures
Physical Description: ink on paper; 3 pages (26 x 20 cm) on 1 folded sheet
Number: MSN/CW 5001-01
Transcribed by: Paul Patterson and George Rugg,
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May 9 1861
My Dear Pa.
I received yours & Matties, Oteys & Ma's letters this morning dated the 5th. Also your paper. I received my pay last monday & would have sent it to you sooner but was waiting for a letter. The amount was sixty eight dollars and seventy cents. ($68.70) I paid my board which was $30.00 & my washing $2.50. I now enclose to you twenty five dollars. ($25.00) & keep $11.20 for necessary expenses. I also enclose my account from Binford Slaughter & Co. which I received the other day. it is less than I expected. only $6.00 I thought it would be about $10.00. I have not made any accounts since I came here. nor do I intend to. I have been to see Mrs Bradford several times. she speaks of leaving to day at dinner time for Pensacola I will go to see her before she does. David Moore & Clifton Walker were here a few days ago, just from Dalton. the former came to get an appointment in the regular Army for his brother Saml. the latter to see about some guns for the two companies. he was drunk all the time he was here. I mean C. Walker.
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Mrs Bradford wants a Lieutenancy for Fielding. but she cant get it. neither can David Moore. I had the honor to be introduced to General G. T. Beauregard yesterday, he has been here several days. I dont know where he is going. Dr Willis Bassett was here from Pensacola. but left yesterday. he is not a very steady young man. for I never saw any body as drunk as he was in my life. Dr Vanwyke arrived last night from Huntsville, it made me feel good all over to see a familiar face from my dear home, he told me he was going to apply for a Surgeoncy in Confederate Army. Senator Hunter of Virginia [i.e., Robert M. T. Hunter] was expected last night but did not come. Mr. Russell, [i.e., William Howard Russell] the celebrated correspondent of the "London Times" is here, I have made the acquaintance of several old gentleman (viz) M[illeg] David Hubbard, Frank Lyons & Genl Reneau of Mexico. I have given up the hope of the Capital being removed to Huntsville. I think it will probably go to Richmond very shortly. The cannon was fired in honor of Tennessee & Arkansas day before yesterday. There is such a crowd of strangers here that the hotels (especially the Exchange) are crowded so that the reading room is filled up with cots. Col Davis [i.e., Jefferson Davis] is here yet, but says he is going home in about two weeks, whether Congress adjourns or not, some body has come from Huntsvill every night nearly for about a week, Tom Mills is here. he says he is going home (Huntsvill) to
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day. he was engaged to be marraied on the 23rd of last month to Miss Carrie Goodwin. but he was ordered off to Mt Vernal Arsenal, they will marry, (so he says) as soon as the war is over. I think it will be sometime before he does. I received two letters from Dalton the other day, one from Willie Fariss & the other from Willie Acklen, they were all well & having a fine time. The "Continentals" an Artillery company from Mobile arrived day before yesterday on their way to Pensacola. five more companies came up yesterday evening going to Virginia I think. There has been several fights in the city, this week, I did not see any of them. This is the hotest place I was ever in. tell Ma to send my summer cloths as soon as possible & put my umbrella in the box. I am very well & contented. getting on very well in the office. have some spare time to read some good book.
I must close. tell sister to answer my letter.
Your effectionate Son
Henry S. Figures
Tell Matilda I am very much obliged to her for making me some cakes. Give my love to all of the family.
Henry S. Figures
Transcription last modified:
02 Mar 2007 at 09:54 AM EST
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