Letter from Eliza Quilty to John Quilty

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Letter written by Eliza Quilty to her brother, Lt. John A. Quilty.

This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.



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Saturday May 3 Dear John, We received your letter on the 28th and very glad to hear from you, and now we are waiting anxiously for another since we have heard of the capture of New Orleans. every time you have an engagement you must write as soon as you can for we feel almost crazy did you go with the rest Julia Parker had a letter from Jack, and he said that the Artillery had left the Island and you can imagine how we feel whenever you write - say something about all the [ ?] boys that you know, and every one wasnt to know about their friends. Mary Sopers received a letter from [Reice ?] the same day that

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we received and she came over with it immediately, thinking perhaps that we did, nt get one from you, and Julia Bigelow come over and said they had one, Mr B wrote a good long letter it was,nt much like your few lines. George sailed on Wednesday he was not very well and we tried to have him not go, but he would. Lieut [Tesh ?] of Com A [ ? ? ]of Burlington is going to take care of him going out. Dunum Clark is dead he died in Hospital he was not very long sick only a few days. I hear his Mother is gone to Fortress monroe after his body. did Billy [Lemon ?] give you my letter and papers I have sent you four long letters since you went there and any quantity of papers and George is carrying you a lot Anne Winslow is dead she died of

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measles. old Mr Cook is dead. John as soon as you get your pay send Pa some money he has not got any work every thing is so very [ dull ?] and the boys can't get any painting Pa spent his last dollar yesterday. if you dont I dont know what we shall do. I have not paid for my bonnet yet and we cant get any thing for spring. Pa spoke to Briggs about the money he was oweing you and he said he had forgotten it entirely and he said he would see about it and that was the last of that, so far, and he is in debt head over heels. You must send him more than you owe him. I hear Chase is there every one is here is glad he had to go. I saw Abby a while ago she inquired for you she said she expected you would write to her before this time

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Sardin Paige has gone in la, with Engels. Dr Woodward is going to Yorktown when they commence fighting. Fort Macon has surrendered we are haveing great success all round I had a letter from Hammond not long since he said he knew I would laugh if I could see him perched up on a stump writing in a swamp, not the dismal swamp he said but dismal enough. God knows we are all well John Chase paid Pa what he owed him himself after a long time he said he owed you 4 dollars, and he would give it to him but he did not -did you carry your letter to Ship Joland [ ?] you wrote before you left Boston we did nt get it till after the 7th sailed. Jeuke is at home idle now John send some money as soon as you get it Pa could not have got along if it had not been for George's money I cant write any more [ ?] fast a government steamer is going to sail tomorrow for Ship Island but I will write you a great long one next time I didnt have but a few minutes to write this one now John write soon and often we send our love Good bye Eliza Quilty

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