Unknown month 15th, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                  Sessionville     SC

                   James ilent 15th 1863

Dear wife and affection childr

i am blest with a nother opertunity

of Riting to you those few lines

will in form you that iam tolerble

well at this tim hoping they may

find you all in joyen the sam lik

blesen mother i havent got eny thing

strang to communicat to you at

this tim i got them socks you sent

to mee and i had no yous for them i

drawd too pair of socks and i thought

i wold not keep so meny hear for

the rats to eat up you must tak

good Cear of poll shee will find

acolt the first week in March

if i cold a got to went to the sity

i wold hav got you all something

and sent you i will git you all somth

ing soon and send to you i am a goien

to hav my likenes taken and send

hit home for the children to see i

wold lov to see you all the best

you ever saw but we air so fur apar

hit may bee a long tim yet

i dont think hit will bee long

 

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i havent got time to Rit

much now i will rte soon

again i must Close my leter

so no thing more at this tim

 

 

onley i Reman your true

husband tel deth

      J.M. Cannon     To

            Malinda Cannon

      and afection children

  you must bee good children

 

 

 

Secessionville, S.C.    

  James Island              15th, 1863[1]

 

Dear wife and affectionate children,

I am blessed with another opportunity of writing to you.  Those few lines will inform you that I am tolerable well at this time, hoping they may find you all enjoying the same like blessing.  Mother, I havenít got anything strange to communicate to you at this time.  I got them socks you sent to me, and I had no use for them.  I drawed two pair of socks, and I thought I would not keep so many here for the rats to eat up.  You must take good care of Poll.  She will find a colt the first week in March.  If I coulda got to went to the city, I would have got you all something and sent you.  I will get you all something soon and send to you.  I am a-going to have my likeness taken and send it home for the children to see.  I would love to see you all the best you ever saw, but we are so far apart it may be a long time yet.  I donít think it will be long.  I havenít got time to write much now.  I will write soon again.  I must close my letter, so nothing more at this time, only I remain your true husband Ďtil death.

      J.M. Cannon     To

      Malinda Cannon and affectionate children

    You must be good children.  

 

[1] Although John Milton Cannon does not write the month on this letter, it is possibly December because of the timing of his other letters and his habit of writing home regularly.

 

 

 

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