Letter written by H. Jr. Fearing from Manchester, New Hampshire to "Dear Captain" on August 17, 1861

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Letter written by H. Jr. Fearing from Manchester, New Hampshire to "Dear Captain" on August 17, 1861: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEManchesterNH. (New Hampshire) (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Aug. 17th 1861. Dear Captain

Am anxious to
know how matter are
moving in your Command
consequently take the liberty
of writing, feeling assured that
you will not consider it an
intrusion, and flatter myself
that a line from an old comrade
in arms will be acceptable.
Am sorry that I cannot
write important news. Since
the newspapers are prohibet (prohibited) from
giving publicity to army

PAGE IMAGE matters seem rather quiet.
Had not been at home
but a short time, was invited
to a Command, (3d N.H. (3rd Regiment, New Hampshire)) a new
Reg. raising in this states composed
almost entirely of new
men, a good share of them
Irish. It looked formidable
to me, knowing the duties and
responsibilites and labor to
take the field with very few
men in the Reg. having any
experience, and not Manging (managing)
my business to my satisfaction
was compelled to decline the
honor. Had the invitation
come from the Gov. of Mass. (Andrew, John Albion (Governor of Massachusetts))
PAGE IMAGE perhaps I should have decided
otherwise, because I think it
a much easier task to command
a body of massachusetts (Massachusetts)
men, where a good portion of
them know something of
Camp and other military duties.
How gets along Capt. Clark (Clark (Captain))
's company (Captain Clark's Company). Have always had my doubts
respecting the success of his Corps.
Hope I may be disappointed
in my views. Please write
me the expected disposition
of the Companies under you.
Has [Wadrobe?] (Wadrobe?) taken the
command again? We are unable
to obtain any thing definite
respecting the future. Maj. Whittemore (Whittemore (Major))
reports that it is
intended or proposed to raise
a sufficient number of companies
with [yours?] to make a Regiment,
with him for commander, yourself
for Lieut. Col. and Stephen (Stephen)
for Maj. Do you know any thing
of such a plan, or is it the
Maj.'s notion. When we were
in Camp at Hampton (Hampton, Massachusetts) he
remarked to me that he
would not serve under any
one unless that one knew ten
times as much as himself.
Do you think that man Can
be found in Mass (Massachusetts) (Massachusetts) , that is
the estimation of --- knows
ten times as much. I fear
he Cannot be found. I suppose
you are knowing to the
fact that at the calling of
the roll of the Boston (Boston, Massachusetts) Herald
the maj. was left off. Capt. Bumpuz (Bumpuz (Captain)) ,
who is not very friendly
to the maj. told me that mr. Bailey (Bailey (Mr.))
remarked to him that
the maj. knew to (too) much to be
his editors. The Maj.
actually pulled wool over
my eyes during our brief tarry
at Hampton (Hampton, Massachusetts) . I inferred from
his talk that he would
sit again in his editoral (editorial)
PAGE IMAGE sanctum and when he did
would he not make things
heard. Gen. B. (Butler, Benjamin Franklin (General)) and big   Bethel
would be opened
to day light, and divers
other things would be accomplished
which are not and probably
will not be by the pen he
would wield in the Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)
Herald Office. Now get, along
Gen. Butler (Butler, Benjamin Franklin (General)) , and other officials
with whom you deal
with. Hope I am not asking
too much of you by the various
questions ask. My interest
in yourself and you Command
is the only apology I can
PAGE IMAGE Let me know about the
burning of Hampton (Hampton, Massachusetts) . From
the report of newspapers I
do not believe it is half in
ashes. Is the house I occupied
in ruins. Mr. Macy (Macy (Mr.)) was right
glad we brought home his
books and papers. He does
not own the house. If his furniture
is destroyed he hopes to obtain
from government awful ["a full"?] compensation.
His friends here consider him
a secess, his conversations
with me was purely union.
Write me how it seems
to you now we [rough?] three
monts (months) critters are out of
PAGE IMAGE the way. Do you feel to day
as if you should get home alive and
kicking. thins you once remarked
to me that expected to surrender
your flesh and bones to the cause.
I here Think I have written
nonsense sufficient, and finally, as
the ministers say, give my regards
to Lieut Osgard (Osgard (Lieutenant)) and ---
cant call his name to mind now, but
his face is before me, Lieut. Norton (North (Lieutenant)) ,
and also the men of your own Company
tell them that it always aforded (afforded)
me pleasure to meet them, ever ready
and prompt, for all emergencies, and
accepting my regards
for yourself,

I am yours Truly H. Fearing, Jr (Fearing, H. Jr.)
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