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Read Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Martha White Read
Date: July 29, 1862
Place: Augusta County, Virginia
To: Thomas Griffin Read

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 2 pages (17 x 19 cm) on 1 sheet

Number: MSN/CW 5015-13

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July 29th. 1862.
My dear Husband,

     I am at Mr. Brooks' [i.e., James M. Brooks'], have been staying with Mary Susan; she has typhoid fever. I came down yesterday evening & will go home tomorrow. She is much better, & I hope will be out in a short time. Cous. Ellen was fixing a box for Charles [i.e., Charles Brooks, Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry] & I helped her, and she made me roll up a bundle for you. I could have sent more if I had been at home. All are well at home, I am much better than I have been. Dear T. I was so glad to get your letter by Mr. Killian, but you may know I was put out, when I found that he had gone over there & not let me know any thing about it, especially as he has told me & sent me word so often that he would not fail to let me know if he went to the army. I received your letter from Richmond, and wrote, & mailed a letter to you two weeks ago yesterday. It ought to have met you at Gordonsville. I am so grateful to a kind Providence to learn that you are well,

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and Emmet tells me in fine spirits. Well, dear, try & keep in good spirits, that is the best medicine. Cous Mary Stuart is right sick, I fear she is taking fever. I hope to be able to send you a box before long. If there seems to be a chance of the army resting at one place for a while, cant you slip over one day on the train? James [i.e., 1st Sergeant James A. White, Company H, 52nd Virginia Infantry] is in Staunton at the Hospital; all the sick & wounded were ordered there two weeks ago, his wound is not healed yet. They can't get leave to go home. I am so sorry to hear of the death of Perry & Lewis. poor fellows, so far away from home. Did Perry's father get to see him? Good night love; write soon to
Your devoted

All Mr. B's [i.e., Brooks'] family send kindest regards. May God bless you, my dear husband. I've not heard from N. Market for three weeks.

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