Letter of October 13, 1861, from E. J. Blackshear to My Dear Daughter (Page 1 of 4)

Series: N2005-9, Box 11, Folder 9.

Lincoln Letters

Lincoln Letters

Letter of October 13, 1861, from E. J. Blackshear to My Dear Daughter

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Froglevel October 13th 1861


My Dear daughter


I wrote you last Friday and was somewhat disappointed in not receiving a letter from you, giving me a more full account of your position in College, the names of all your room mates, their agreeableness, your present studies, how you think you will stand in the class etc., etc., but I suppose at once that you thought the Short note you wrote me in Macon was sufficient until you could write me more understandingly. You must remember, however, your duty to your kind Aunt Belle requires that you should not forget her. She has done so much for you, it would be gross ingratitude in you to do so.

Your things arrived from Savannah yesterday, and I will send them up on Monday (tomorrow). I have had a box made to put them in, and made it large enough to put in a few potatoes, thinking they would be very acceptable. For what girl is it who does not love Sweet Potatoes! The “Spread” I cut myself, and made Sarah and Rose sew it together and hem it. Your Aunt Belle took out your hat, and we both thought it very pretty, for war times especially. The hoops you must accommodate to your height etc, it seems to be quite heavy, tho I do not profess to know what ought to be the weight of a hoop Skirt, your Aunt Hamilton says that the supply of this article in the city is not good; they are scarce and of a common quality. You will have therefore, to take care of this one, as there may be none after a while for sale.

I forgot to ascertain if you were supplied with the requisite number of Towels, and a sufficiency of other things. Take good care of all your things, for I can assure you that “hard-times” are already beginning to be upon us. I paid my Tax yesterday and had 12 dollars and twenty cents left, 7 of which I loaned to

Additional: In this letter, E. J. Blackshear writes to his daughter, Mary Pittman Blackshear, a student at Wesleyan Female College (now Wesleyan College) in Macon, Georgia. The transcription does not include some sections of the letter that are devoted only to family matters.