9 Oct[ober] 1862. Pattie [Watkins], Mount Pleasant, [Prince Edward County, Va.], to her sister-in-law, [Nannie V. Watkins].

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9 Oct[ober] 1862. Pattie [Watkins], Mount Pleasant, [Prince Edward County, Va.], to her sister-in-law, [Nannie V. Watkins].


Civil War correspondence; 9 October, 1862. 2 pp. ALS.


Watkins, Pattie.


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Mt. Pleasant Oct. 9th/62

Mr Dear Sister:

I have almost forgotten when I did write to
you last it has been so long ago & it has been a long time since
we heard from you too. I hoped I would have been able to get
to see you before now, but have had two very good reasons for
not going one was that I have had nobody to go with me &
the other is I hear of so much diptheria & scarlet fever that I
am afraid of carrying it either to your house or here. It is so
late now that I am afraid I shall have to give up my visit.
We have had only one letter from Brother Nat since he moved
& that was before he hardly got settled. I got a good long letter
from Brother Dick a few days ago. He was near Martinsburg. Said
he had been through a good deal of suffering since he left home
last but had been mercifully spared through it all. He was under
fire at Sharpsburg through the whole of the battle & one shell explo
ded near him & killed Col. Thornton one exploded near Hal
Edmunds too & killed a horse & wounded one of the [Meclen?]
burg troopers. I suppose you have heard before now of the
death of John Morton Booker & William Walton. Paul Morton
helped to bury them in Maryland. They were both put in coffins.
It is a great blow to Mr. Booker & Cousin Lucy. Mr. B. can't mention
it at all without weeping. Mr. Venable had a severe wound in
the hip & Dr. Walton ^ William's brother ^ is very badly wounded but has been brought
home & is getting well. Pr. Edward & Charlotte have suffered very
much in this war.
Sallie Edmunds is here now going to school. We like Miss
Powell very much. Her mother has gone to Louisa County
to live. Her father has a place there as teacher. We had all
of them here last week Mr. & Mrs. Powell & the three daughters.
They are very nice pleasant people. One of the girls is teach
ing for Mr. Dickinson & one teaches in Brunswick at Col. [?]
Sister Sue has been dying today some colors for a [linsey?] for
Emma. Yellow, blue, [madder?], black & brown. The colors are all
dyed now except the brown & she has succeeded very well. She has
had a great deal of homespun this year. We have gotten through with
the measles at last have had 43 cases & haven't lost any. The last cases
are just beginning to go out to work. We have had one or two cases on
hand ever since May. We are all well here now except the baby.
She is right fretful & we think it is her teeth she has eight &
we think she is cutting her jaw teeth now. She tries very hard
to say Papa & Mama. Ma & I are going to Mrs. Dupuy's tomorrow
to see Mollie. We heard a few days ago that that she had cut her hair
off in her neck. Mollie says she has been intending for a long
time to write to you but she write so many letters to Brother
Dick that she can't find time. Mr. Anderson was at church sun
day with Maria but I didn't see him.
Sister Kate came down last week & staid a day & night with
us. She is busy making homespun too, had just gotten 62 yds.
out for the women ^ & had a long piece at the weavers for the men ^.
Mrs. Dupuy had a beautiful piece of plaid for
Emma & Minnie. Mr. Redd has just gotten all of his tobacco
in except one house he says he made a first rate crop but
a small one. His corn crop is excellent.
I liked to have forgotten to tell you that Mr. Whorey was to have been
married yesterday to Miss King from the South we all have a
great curiosity to see her but hear that she isn't pretty. Mr. Peck
will preach for us sunday. Ma says how are you getting on with
your cloth & says have you got salt? Mr. Redd hasn't.
Tell Charly his old Aunty want to see him & little sister very
much & is afraid they will grow clear out of her knowledge
before she sees them again. I wanted to go back very much with
Mollie Goodie but didn't know how long she would stay at Aunt
Fannie's & was afraid I might need winter clothes before I could
get back. All join me in love to you & all. Write soon & let us
hear from you. We heard the other day that Eppie McCormick
had had a large fortune left her 60000$
Goodbye dear Sister I want to see you so much.

Your Loving Sister,

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