Bro. Johnie has not got up yet, and I will add a few lines

Joseph Culver Letter, April 24, 1864, Letter 2, Page 2

Monday morning — April 25th
My Dear Wife

Bro. Johnie has not got up yet, & I will add a few lines. Here comes Alf. [Huetson] with my mail, two letters from you, both dated the 19th, one containing stamps.1 The one of the 18th aluded to has not yet arrived.

I am very happy to hear that you are in such good health and spirits. May God continue his blessings. I have now on hand four or five letters, unanswered. I ought to answer them this morning, but John has remained here to-day in order to visit Lookout Point; &, as I have not been there yet, I desire to go with him. I have only written a short note at a time for two weeks, & I feel that I ought to write a long letter soon. I am glad you are taking music lessons & hope it may give you many hours of pleasure. I am of the same opinion you are concerning the Union League & will talk more at length in my next letter.2 Billy Perry is calling to breakfast, & after that I have some business to attend to before we start, so I must say Good Bye. Your letter makes me happy, I hope nothing may mar your happiness.

Your Affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. The subject letters are missing from the Culver Collection. []
  2. Beginning in Philadelphia in November 1862, Union Leagues, which served as rallying points for citizen support of the Northern cause, proliferated. As the months passed, activities of the league became increasingly political, the very word “Union ” denoting the cause of the Northern people, having been appropriated by a party. Randall, Civil War and Reconstruction, pp. 637-38. []

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