Caroline and Cecil Burleigh letters, undated
papers that you have moved. I was in hopes that you would remain near the 15th in Washington as they seem to have quite an easy time so far. News came last night that one of the Wallingford company is dead his name was Jim [Furman?] No one [next line illegible] called him a very nice fellow. There seems to be much sickness in camp which makes friends at home anxious to hear often from the army. Mrs Burleigh said that you had been quite miserable ever since you left home. I am very sorry to hear of it. I hope you will take the best possible care of your self and if you could get a furlough for a little time to recruit I think it would be the best thing you could do. dont let pride or patriotism prevent it. I think it is your duty to take care of your health as well as to fight for your country. Amoret is quite miserable she is suffering from sore throat and is not able to [upside down at top of first page] to [sic] do scarcely any thing. John and baby are quite well as yet. Father is at work in the same place and remains about as usual. Gustavus is now at work at Simpsons for awhile but it is uncertain how long he will stay Business is quite good considering the times. I should like to know if you think the war is any nearer the end some think it is but it looks dark yet [vertically on first page] How is the Presidents proclamation received by the soldiers. do they like it. I will try and make the next letter more interesting as I feel uncertain that this letter will reach you I hope you will answer this letter soon and I promise an answer directly write all the news and say where you are [vertically at left margin] With much love and all the best wishes for your welfare I remain your friend with respect. M. C. Phelps.
[upside down at top of second page] I have received your photograph and thank you very much and shall send myself and husband in return as soon as we can get them taken It looks exactly like you and I do not think you could have a better Now do not wait as long as I did before answering I was away a week and that let time slip by quicker than I was aware of.
[vertically across text in pencil, probably by Cecil Burleigh] Welch Young Marsni Allen J Bradley F Barrows T Johnson Burnham Barrett Bailey