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Caroline and Cecil Burleigh letters, undated

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I do not think you are forgotten many moments at a time by her. Your little daughter was well and acted as comical as ever I think there is a prospect of her making something smart yet She is very lofty in her ideas, and I think takes after her respected dad. Mrs Burleigh and myself rode over to West Woods after peaches and such a place it does not seem to me, I could be hired to [live?] there on any conditions I should rather be a soldier of the Potomac and remain so for some time than to settle in such a place. We went to Mrs Dickerman's a distant relative of yours and I never should dream that they lived in a civilized world, if I did not know it. It is enough to make one feel dismal to go there. but of all the rides have you never see[n] we enjoyed ourselves right well and it is a wonder there was a whole peach left by the way the horse went, but as good luck and careful driving [illegible] everything the peaches arrived sound and safe to my great delight It is a dark and dismal night and who that has friends in the army can help turning a thought to the loved ones far away and who can tell of the many dangers which even now may surround them I suppose you will be clear from guard and picket duty if so that is a blessing for I am sure it must be a lonely task on these cold & rainy nights. Do you have a plenty to eat and that that is good. I think by your letter you fared rather hard it is altogether to[o] bad on the first march. It does not seem right that the soldiers should be pinched for victuals I think they have hardships enough without suffering for want of decent food. It must be through neglect that they do not fare well as they [say] there is plenty of things to eat and that it is good, the papers say but one can not believe half the papers say. Have you seen Austin yet? I hope so as I think he would be very glad to see you. I see by the