Feb. 9, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                        Secessionville James Island S. C.

                          Feby The 9th  1863

Dear Wife and affectionate Children

                                              I drop you

A few lines this Evening to inform you that

I am in very good heath at the present hoping

this may come safe to your hands in due

time and find you Enjoying the same

I received yours of the 4th Inst.  I was very glad

to hear from you that you was well.  I have

nothing of much Interest to write you this

time nothing is transpiring worthy of Comm

-unicating to you, but one thing I can say

to you that I am at last released from my

confinement at the Guard house I was released

without the Infliction of any Punishment at

all and all the rest that was here was

released the same way with the Exception of

three they are confined two days longer

Dear Wife you stated that James D Rich would

rather hire to work for you at $12 dollars

per month than to take a part of the crop

I will just say to you to put him to work

if he wants to at these rates herein named

tell him to be a good Boy and do all

he can for he is almost my dependence for

 

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A support for my family.  I want you

to tell Mr. Mosely to write I have not heard

from him but once since I have been here

I want him to write how he is getting a long

with his Business and what arrangements

he is making and Every thing concerning our

Tannery in General.  I shall now for the first

time since leaving you make one request of

you I want you to fix me up a Box of

Victuals and send them to me for I want

to have the Pleasure of Eating one more good

Bate of your cooking I want you to send

me a nice Ham to fry here my self our

Eatings are very sorry Every thing we Draw Espe

-cially.  you will have to write me a letter

and start it just a day or two before hand

so I will know when to go to the City after it

  Send it by Express under the same address

of your letters.  I want you to let me know whether

you have Ever got ary nother letter from Albert Rich

or not if you have write to him also give me

his Post office addresses.  who Ever does your writing

tell them to write a little Plainer as I can scarcely

read it.  with these remarks I will close write soon

as you get this letter give my love to all the family

Except the same your self nothing more I am your

Husband with affection       John M Cannon to his

                                        Wife Melinda Cannon

 

 

 

                Secessionville, James Island, S. C.

                               Feby the 9th, 1863

Dear wife and affectionate children,

   I drop you a few lines this evening to inform you that I am in very good health at the present, hoping this may come safe to your hands in due time and find you enjoying the same. I received yours of the 4th instant.  I was very glad to hear from you that you was well. I have nothing of much interest to write to you this time. Noting is transpiring worthy of communicating to you, but one thing I can say to you:  that I am at last released from my confinement at the guardhouse. I was released without the infliction of any punishment at all, and all the rest that was here was released the same way with the exception of three. They are confined two days longer. Dear wife, you stated that James D. Rich [1] would rather hire to work for you at $12 dollars per month than to take a part of the crop. I will just say to you to put him to work if he wants to at these rates herein named. Tell him to be a good boy and do all he can for he is almost my dependence for a support for my family. I want you to tell Mr. Mosely to write. I have not heard from him but once since I have been here. I want him to write how he is getting along with his business and what arrangements he is making and everything concerning our tannery in general. [2] I shall now for the first time since leaving you make one request of you. I want you to fix me up a box of victuals and send them to me, for I want to have the pleasure of eating one more bite of your cooking. I want you to send me a nice ham to fry here myself. Our eatings are very sorry, everything we draw especially. You will have to write me a letter and start it just a day or two beforehand so I will know when to go to the city after it. Send it by Express under the same address of your letters. I want you to let me know whether you have ever got any other letter from Albert Rich [3] or not. If you have, write to him. Also, give me his post office address. Whoever does your writing, tell them to write a little plainer as I can scarcely read it.  With these remarks I will close. Write soon as you get this letter. Give my love to all the family. Accept the same yourself. Nothing more. I am your husband with affection. 

 

                                       John M. Cannon to his

                                   wife Melinda Cannon

 
[1] James “Jimmy” Dyson Rich, b. 1844 in Gordon County, Georgia, was the son of William Dyson Rich and Hulda Serena Cannon Rich.  Thus, James was the nephew of  both J. M. Cannon through his sister Hulda and Malinda Cannon through her brother William. After the Civil War ended, James married Sarah/Susan Dugger.  The young couple moved first to Tennessee and then to Anderson County, Texas, where James died in 1924.

 

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

 

[3] Albert Calloway Rich, b.1846 in Gordon County, Georgia, was another son of William Dyson Rich and Hulda Serena Cannon Rich.  Thus, he too was the nephew of both J.M. Cannon and Malinda Cannon.  After the Civil War ended, he married Laura A. Powell.  The couple continued to live in Gordon County where Albert died in 1939.

 

 

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