Letter written by Amos Tuck from Beaufort, South Carolina to his children Ned, Abby, and Ellen on February 20, 1867

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Letter written by Amos Tuck from Beaufort, South Carolina, on February 20, 1867, to his children Ned, Abby, and Ellen Tuck: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEBeaufortS.C. (South Carolina) (Beaufort, South Carolina)
Feb. 20th. 1867. Dear Ned (Tuck, Ned) , Abby (Tuck, Abby) & Ellen (Tuck, Ellen) ;

This is mail day;
and for fear your father may not feel like
writing before the boat arrives, I will do so.
Your father still improves rapidly, altho.
the news by last mail troubled and annoyed
him so much, that I was very fearful
for the consequences. Had he been as weak
as he was even three days previous, I think
it would have brought his fever again,
as it was, it set him back just about one
day I think. He could get no refreshing sleep
that night, but last night he slept well
& feels so much stronger to day, that he
talks seriously of going to Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina) on
monday next, on our way north. I very
much doubt the expediency of leaving this
July weather for another winter, but it
annoys him to be opposed, so I shall

[Written in margins:] The following is written in the top margin of page 1.

My disease, as I have before stated, was
exclusive rheumatism with a little
trouble from a cough - I shall not
write individual letters to Abby (Tuck, Abby) & Ellen (Tuck, Ellen) to-day -


PAGE IMAGE acquiesce, trying with all the light I can
get, to guard against any bad effects.
We took a short drive yesterday out to
Mr. Dudley (Dudley (Mr.)) 's plantation, but it was too
hot for comfort either for us or for the
horse. I wore only my silk Cassock and
was too warm. If we could only have this
climate in Exeter (Exeter) , we should enjoy it, but
here me does not seem to be thankful for
it, or for anything else, it seems to me.
Every thing looks so dilapidated, and
Every body so poor. The "niggers" are so thick,
and so lazy & filthy, and it seems so
impossible that there should ever be a
desirable state of things, that one sickens
of the whole thing. Mr. Dudley (Dudley (Mr.)) is infatuated,
but I look upon him as a monomaniac.
He does nothing ut sings the
praises of Beaufort (Beaufort, South Carolina) , and prophecy great
& wonderful things. He already owns 3
log houses, besides numerous negro shanties,
still. he really talks of building a
house on his plantation about a mile


PAGE IMAGE from town, for his family to come down
and occupy. Poor deluded man, his
family will never come, and not to
blame either. Your father will finish this.
Affectionately - Mother-

My vexation was at the Report of the Sub-committee
of Congress upon the Williams (Williams) case, and the comments
of the Boston (Boston, Massachusetts) Advertiser - Sam Hooper (Hooper, Sam) & Mr Goodrich (Goodrich (Mr.))
have a war to the [R--fe?], and incidentally,
because I do not denounce Goodrich (Goodrich)
Hooper (Hooper) and his got up Committee try to victimize
me. The whole press of Boston (Boston, Massachusetts) is
subsidized to Hooper (Hooper) . A greater outrage
was never perpetrated than the persecution
against us for punishing Williams (Williams) . But
Mr. Goodrich (Goodrich (Mr.)) has brought me this war, &
I am made to suffer in reputation, for his suit.
He was always severe, exacting, impractical
[calm?], implacable, collecting upon his head
every possible hostility, and now he has more
enemies than he can attend do. He has no
dexterity in the fight, and is so slow and long
winded in his publications, that he never
is made up upon he gets out his argument
However, I am now free from vexation. I know
my integrity, and I defy the bought up
journalism, and toadyism of all little Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)
My digestion of beefsteak is good, three


PAGE IMAGE times a day, & so long as that lasts, and I have
acquaintances and friends who know
my utter incapability of extortion or
wrong, my equanimity and solid enjoyment
will be little affected by all that
liars and defrauders can do against
me.

I feel well, and am only reminded of
my late sickness by getting soon tired,
when I walk out. But I am daily filling
up the calves to my legs, and getting muscle
all around, and am in the best of
courage.

I now propose to leave here next monday the 25th inst. go to Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)
that day and stay till Friday P.M., then
to go to Wilmington, N.C. (North Carolina) (Wilmington, North Carolina) and stay paid
day, 3 days or more with my friend Gen.
Jos. C. Abbott (Abbott, Joseph) , and thence to N. York (New York) (New York) -
Therefore unless otherwise directed, you
and not write to me, after you receive
this letter. If anything important requires
it you could telegraph me at Mills
House in Charleston, S.C. (South Carolina) (Charleston, South Carolina) on 25th
I shall write to you till I leave here,
that is, on Friday and on monday next (the day I leave) No news from us after
that, will be good news.

you ever aff. father Amos Tuck (Tuck, Amos)
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