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Taylor Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: J. Gibson Taylor
Date: August 22, 1864
Place: Military Prison, Rock Island, Illinois
To: Clara A. Taylor, author's sister

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 1 page (25 x 20 cm.) on 1 sheet

Number: MSN/CW 5033-03

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Rock Island Illinois Barrack 75
Aug 22d /64

Dear Sister

     I received your letter of the 5th & Millie's [i.e., Mildred K. Taylor, b. 1842, the author's sister] of 7th the 13th of this month. I learn that brother is going to Louisville. I wrote him a letter concerning a box that I had recd from Mr Davis which I would have liked for him to have received before he started. If he will remain at L a few days I hope he will recive the letter & settle with Mr D. for the Articles. As you are uneasy about my health I will inform you that I am enjoying excellent health. I am sorry to hear that your babe is unwell & hope his sickness is not of a serious nature. Give my love to Cous Nina & say to her that I would like to hear from her. I was Surprised when I saw from Mils' letter that Bob, Binz & J. B had left home for they were mere boys when I left home, but when I take into consideration the time I have been absent I find that there has been many sad changes since my departure [....] through [....]ncle Gip [i.e., Gibson Mallory] [...] Shot. I would not have been surprised to have heard of his being Killed in times of peace for his enemies were not few, Though I regret it very much. It was a horrible affair & a severe blow to Aunt Sarah [i.e., Sarah Taylor Mallory] & family. Some of the men that were captured with me, are well acquainted with Uncle Jack. I looked for John Rivers in some of the Ark Regiments but neve found him. I would not be surprised to hear that Ab was engaged for he was corresponding with two young ladies last winter. I think Mr Eagles is a gentleman. I wish Willie could have found a situation at Y. I think it a good place for business & then there are so many of his relations in the neighborhood. The health of the Prison is not very good though we have no fatal diseases among us. The most prevalent is something similar to flux. I did not expect to receive another box so soon from You. I have not received the box yet but expect it in a day or two. It is reported that the Govt has stopped boxes from coming in to prisoners. Give my love to all aff

Gibson Taylor

Transcription last modified: 06 Mar 2007 at 10:32 AM EST

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