Caroline and Cecil Burleigh letters, undated
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Mt Carmel Friday eve May 8th Ever dear Husband Aunt Sarah has had a letter from the Capt to night, & he wrote that all the Mount Carmel boys were safe; & I trust he has made no mistake. & Oh my husband it seems as if I could'nt [sic] be sufficiently thankfull [sic] that your life is spared, but I fear that you are worn out, & exhausted, & that I shall hear that you are sick I shall anxiously await further news from you. the last week has been one of suspense & anxiety to me. I have been alternating between hope, & fear, I have kept up better courage than I would have thought I could, & if the dreadfull [sic] blow had have fallen, I fear I should have been ill prepared for it, & I suppose the last week has been fraught with toil, hardship & privation to you: It is a very unpleasant thought to me that you have had to be [NOTE: go back to Image 1 for continuation of letter]