Letter written by Amos Tuck from Exeter, New Hampshire, on December 27, 1860

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Letter written by Amos Tuck from Exeter, New Hampshire, on December 27, 1860: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEExeter (Exeter, New Hampshire) Dec. 27 1860-
My Dear Sir:

I was glad to receive
your favor a week ago, and we
were all rejoiced to have so good
an account of Mrs French (French (Mrs.)) - It
is certainly, but reasonable now
to hope that she is actively inclined
not again to be thus afflicted. How
great a blessing that she has
been so much spared from
repititions of those dreadful
head-aches -

We are about shutting our
house for 2 weeks - We leave to night
via Concord (Concord, New Hampshire) , when I deposit
wifeTuck (wife), (and Ned (Tuck, Ned) who is en route
for Hanover (Hanover, New Hampshire) ), and whence I pass

PAGE IMAGE on tomorrow towards Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) , hoping
to arrive there Sunday morning -
My preparations wont be an
excuse for a hurried and brief
note only, instead of a proper return
for your handsome epistle.
I do not despair of the Republic
- yet I have days where I am not as
hopeful as Mr. Seaward (Seaward (Mr.)) seemed to
be in his N. York (New York) (New York, New York) Speech, - where I
fear that demagogues have so deceived
the South (and the north to some
extent), that separation is inevitable.
To day, I am blue, and almost inclined
to give it up as a gone case. If Lincoln (Lincoln, Abraham (President of the United States))
who could speak to the Country, at
once as Pres. deception might be
exposed, & the South put right, before
it is too late - But he cannot, while
that foolish traitor, or traitorous fool,
Buchanan (Buchanan, James, Jr. (President of the United States)) , is the center of most ruinous
treasure & corruption - As to Compromises,
I do not think anything will
or can be done, except to let the South
know we are not for interference, now
PAGE IMAGE or ever with their institutions. But as
to yoking up with the south, to help them haul
the load fo slaves through the civilzation
of coming ages. I would
never consent to do it, no matter
what comes. If slavery can
stand the test of coming time,
let it abide; and if freedom
can't stand the same test
let it go down - Fiat justitia

You now have Ellen (Ellen) with you
I feel anxious about her, her lame
fingers &c, but finding that you
and Mrs French (French (Mrs.)) will be as [rej--?]
full of her, as I should, I
am content - I cannot write
her to-day, so please give her
my (our) love, and let her
read this letter - If she writes
me at Saint Louis (St. Louis, Missouri) , I shall
probably receive it -

With the
regards of myself and family to you
& yrs., am, yrs, truly Amos Tuck (Tuck, Amos)
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