Oct. 30, 1863. Malinda Cannon to J.M. Cannon

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                           October 30 1863

J M Cannon this                 the  1863

                        My Dear husband

it is through the cind hand of

providince that I am permited one

time more to rite you a few

lines wich will inform you that

we are all in tolerable good health

truly hoping thos few lines May come

safe to youre cind hand in due

time and find you in a state of

good health we have all got

bad colds at this time

you must excuse me for

not riting no sooner for

mister mosely was a going

to go and i thought he

would get of sooner than

he did but he was bothered

so he dittent get off no

sooner and i thought

that he was a comeing

there and i wold wait

and send a letter

 

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by him i haint got

all of my rye ploughed

in yet it ruins so

much that i cant

get to work much

at it andi have had

tolerable bad luck

with my sheep for

i have lost one of them

milton i want you

to come home

if you can get off

for i have a lonsome

and troubblesome time

here on this earth

to live and i fear

it never will be

no better its looks

so without times

changes from what

they are now

Milton i will send

you somthing to eat

 

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it may be the last i

may ever have the

pleasure of cooking fore

you it is a heap of

pleasure to me to

send you something

to eat but not half

it wold be if you

was here to set down

with me at the table

and eat it i do want

to see you the worst

i ever did in my life

i will send you a comfort

and a pair of socks

i have received three

letters from

you since i have

rote anny one

i haint had time

to rite nor have

riting done there

is so much to do

 

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and i dont get nothing

done at that hardly

the children all

wants to see you

mity bad but dont

no when they will

you must come home

if there is any chance

and help us sow

wheat and stay at

home this winter

for i dent believe

you can stand it

this winter and i

want you to rite

and and rite of ten

so i will Come to

a Close with my

letter so i remains

yours truely as ever

  Misses Malinda Cannon

  to J M Cannon

 

 

 

J. M. Cannon

[Gordon County, Georgia][1]

This October 30, 1863

My dear husband,

It is through the kind hand of Providence that I am permitted one time more to write you a few lines which will inform you that we are all in tolerable good health, truly hoping those few lines may come safe to your kind hand in due time and find you in a state of good health.  We have all got bad colds at this time.  You must excuse me for not writing no sooner, for Mister Mosely[2] was a-going to go, and I thought he would get off sooner than he did, but he was bothered, so he didnít get off no sooner, and I thought that he was a-coming there and I would wait and send a letter by him.  I havenít got all of my rye ploughed in yet.  It rains so much that I canít get to work much at it.  And I have had tolerable bad luck with my sheep, for I have lost one of them.  Milton, I want you to come home if you can get off, for I have a lonesome and troublesome time here on this Earth to live, and I fear it never will be no better.  It looks so without times changes from what they are now.  Milton, I will send you something to eat.  It may be the last I may ever have the pleasure of cooking for you.  It is a heap of pleasure to me to send you something to eat but not half [what] it would be if you was here to set down with me at the table and eat it.  I do want to see you the worst I ever did in my life.  I will send you a comfort and a pair of socks.  I have received three letters from you since I have wrote any one.  I havenít had time to write nor have writing done.  There is so much to do, and I donít get nothing done at all hardly.  The children all wants to see you mighty bad but donít know when they will.  You  must come home if there is any chance and help us sow wheat and stay at home this winter, for I donít believe you can stand it this winter, and I want you to write and write often.  So I will come to a close with my letter.  So I remains yours truly as ever.

Mrs. Malinda Cannon

to J. M. Cannon

 


 

[1] Malinda Cannon and her children lived in Gordon County, Georgia, during the Civil War.

 

[2] John Milton Cannon and ďMr. MoselyĒ were partners in a tannery in Gordon County, Georgia.

 

 

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