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Union or Secession
  • "Are you for disunion or not."
  • "Are you for disunion or not."
Charlotte [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, February 4, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
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My Dear Callie

"Are you for disunion or not."

Charlotte [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, February 4, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.

Callie Anthony says: My cousin Charlotte likes to keep me informed about the doings of our mutual friends and the school we attended in Liberty before I went to Hollins Institute. She wrote this letter on February 4, 1861, which was the date for electing delegates to the Virginia Convention that will decide whether our state will leave the Union. She wants to know if I am "for disunion or not." It just shows how much politics and the threat of war are on everyone's minds.

Charlotte [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, February 4, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.

Cedar Hill Feb 4th 1861
My Dear Callie
Notwithstanding you owe me a letter I will write to you to night, although I have no news of interest to relate, Liberty is duller than I ever knew it, there is no excitement at all, and I never saw such weather as we have had this winter which makes every thing look so gloomy, and the dreadful condition of the country makes every one feel quite sad, the thoughts of war, &c. are you for disunion or not.
When did you see Eliza Quarles? I have not seen her since last summer, I dont think she has been to her Sisters since, I heard not long since that she was going to be married, is it so or not. How is Sarah Allen coming on? I have not seen her since she was married, would like very much to see her. Cousin Allen has been with us some time. I think he is much more feeble than he was last winter. Our friend Penn is going to school at this time I wish very much that he would graduate as I understand that he will live in Liberty, I was very much surprised to hear of Sallies marriage, I did not hear anything about it until after she was married.
I will tell you something about Mr Duntons School, I think he has a smaller school than usual, he has very few of the girls that went when we did, I heard the other day that he was going to sell out to Mr Ettinger, a gentleman that has lately come here.
I see Evelyn Nelms quite often she is keeping house, it looks very natural to see her house keeping, she looks like she had been use to it all of her life.
I must close by begging you to write soon. Eliza and Mary join me in much love to you all. I am afraid it is almost useless to remind you of that promised visit, as you have promised it so long without fulfilling it.
Your loving Cousin
CHARLOTTE