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