Letter written by William from Leavenworth City to his mother on February 20, 1861

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Letter written by William from Leavenworth City to his mother on February 20, 1861: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGELeavenworth City (Leavenworth, Kansas)
Feb 20 1861 My dear Mother:

I am certain
that you are beginning to feel
anxious to hear of and from me.
For this reason and not that I
have anything of importance or interest
to communicate, I address
myself to the task of writing. I
say task, because of late, I
have come to regard letter writing
as one of the greatest bores
to which our affections frequently
subject us. However "mighty"
the instrument of "little men", I cannot
but regard it as a very unfortunate
invetion. Perhaps its frequent
employment for the annihilation
of many of my most cherished
hopes by (what seems to me)

PAGE IMAGE hypercritical feminines may
have tended somewhat to the formation
of this opinion. Be this as
it may the opinion obtains -
"I do not love you Dr Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell,
But this i know very well
I do not love you Dr Fell!
But enough of preface. A few
words now as to what & how I am doing.
You know how long I waited
on Mr Russell (Russell (Mr.)) to accompany me to this
place - how, when I wanted to proceed
(on my arrival in N York (New York) (New York) ) immediately
West with the view of a settlement, he
[??] me to await his own return
& then put me off, from time to time,
until the cloud burst upon him &
I had to come alone to arrange matters
as best I could. The prospects for
a settlement are indeed very gloomy.
Altho' I have been here a fortnight
no important step towards closing
PAGE IMAGE my [s--?] has been made. How much
longer I may be detained it is impossible
for me now to determine. Certain it is
I shall not give up nearly $3000,
without a struggle of one thing you
may be sure - that I am heartily tired
of the annoyances and sincerely wish
myself back in Virginia (Virginia) that I
might steal away into some retired
nook & rest myself from the toils, mental
and physical, to which the past
12 months have subjected me - to show
myself again only when the defence
of my own loved Virginia (Virginia) , shall require
the presence of her sons and she shall bid
them go forth "to do or to die".
Not the least among the annoyances
of nonpayment of my accounts is the
deprivation of means to assist those among
you - my kinsfolk - whose wants are crying
for relief & to whom under the severe-presure (severe-pressure)
of the times, a few dollars even
would be as manna to the children of
PAGE IMAGE Israel in their wanderings in the
wilderness. When you write to
Aunt Dunn (Dunn (Aunt)) , bid her be of good
cheer, feeling that when able I
will not fail to contribute my
As my detention here may be
of such length as to allow a
letter to reach me, if written immediately
upon receipt of this
please write me (at St Joseph
Mo (Missouri) (St. Joseph, Missouri) ) giving a history of everything
of interest occurring in
my circle of acquaintance in Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)
since my departure also what
news [??] [Ba--elle?] and the
the baby.
Best love to the remotest, from
the nearest, [-im?] and believe me

your aff. Son William (William)
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