Jan. 18, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                              January the 18th 1863

Secessionville       James ilent           SC

Dear wife i seet my self this day to

Rit You a few lines in forming you

how iam iam well at this time

hoping when those few lines Comes

to hand they may find you and the

children all well and doing well

i havent eny thing strang to comunicat

to you at this time onley iam giting

Rale fat my pants wont iny . . . mee now and i dont now what

fatens mee for i dont git iny thing

hardly to eat we git one mes of

beef a day and hit is the poorest beef

you ever saw there is no taler about

hit atall ther is four of the boyes

that has had ther tryel that was

under arest and they did not prov

iny thing atall againte them i thinck

we will all Com clear and if we

dont they Cant hurt us much

you need not to bee on easy about

hit i will Com home if hit can

bee fixt up so that i can and if

mister mosley Can git anuff of

hids hit can bee fixt so i can



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Com home ther is no Chance for

mee to com  unless hit can bee

fixt in that way and hit can

bee fixt that way if hee will

make hit a goverment consurn

i want you to bee saving of your

Corn and every thing els that you

havegot to eat for hit is agoien to

bee hard to git i can git salt hear at

8 dollars per bushel and if you

need eny i will send you som

as soon as i git my money

the boyes ase mee about eighty

dollars in campes as soon asthe

boyes drawed ther money i will

git mine i want you to tell

mister mosley to rit to mee

again that leter that hee did

rit to mee I never got hit

you dont now how bad i want

to see you all you must rit

Soon as you can i must Close

my leter for this time so nothn

more at present onley remaines

your loving husband untel deth

J. M. Cannon    To  Malinda


  Rit Soon




January the 18th, 1863

Secessionville, James Island, S. C.

Dear Wife,

I seat myself this day to write you a few lines informing you how I am.  I am well at this time, hoping when those few lines comes to hand they may find you and the children all well and doing well.  I havenít anything strange to communicate to you at this time, only I am getting real fat.  My pants wonít any . . . mee now, and I donít know what fattens me for I donít get anything hardly to eat. We get one mess of beef a day, and it is the poorest beef you ever saw.  There is no tallow about it at all.  There is four of the boys that has had their trial that was under arrest, and they did not prove anything at all against them.  I think we will all come clear, and if we donít, they canít hurt us much.  You need [not] to be uneasy about it.  I will come home if it can be fixed up so that I can, and if Mister Mosley can get enough of hides,[1] it can be fixed so I can come home.  There is no chance for me to come unless it can be fixed in that way, and it can be fixed that way if he will make it a government concern.  I want you to be saving of your corn and everything else that you have got to eat for it is agoing to be hard to get.  I can get salt here at 8 dollars per bushel,[2] and if you need any I will send you some as soon as I get my money. The boys [such] as me [receive] about eighty dollars in camps.  As soon as the boys drawed their money, I will get mine.  I want you to tell Mister Mosely to write to me again.  That letter that he did write to me, I never got it.  You donít know how bad I want to see you all.  You must write soon as you can.  I must close my letter for this time, so nothing more at present, only remains your loving husband until death.

J. M. Cannon     To  Malinda Cannon


Write soon!



[1]  John Milton Cannon and Mr. Mosley/Mosely were partners in a tannery business.

[2]  John Milton Cannon and Mr. Mosley/Mosely used salt in their tannery business to preserve the hides and skins. 



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