Title: Hart, Catherine to Sister Lottie, November 30, 1860- Tampa, Fla. (2 sheets, 8 leaves)
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Title: Hart, Catherine to Sister Lottie, November 30, 1860- Tampa, Fla. (2 sheets, 8 leaves)
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Creator: Hart, Catherine
Publication Date: November 30, 1860
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Tampa
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Tampa, Nov. 30th 1860

Dear Sister Lottie

This morning before I was dressed I received your truly welcome letter. I was beginning
to feel quite anxious, you had been silent so long, fearing Ma or one of you were sick. I
do get so anxious if I do not hear often from you. I had made up my mind this morning
as I was getting out of bed, to write to you by the next mail. I wrote to Delia a short time
since, and hope she will reply to it very soon. I love to read her letters, they breathe such
a pure affectionate tone, and so much like a fond Mother, she loves to write about her
darlings, and I love to hear about them, and I want to see them very much. I hope to visit
you next summer but we do not know what is before us. Secession now agitates the
entire South, they are calling public meetings in our portion of Country. We had a very
spirited one here last Monday night, to which the Ladies were invited, and attended to, in
large numbers. Lou and I went, to hear what they could say. Ossian, as yet is not in
favour [sic] of secession, but if Florida follows South Carolina's lead, which is very
probable, we will go with her and share her fate. I do so much wish the mouths of those
Snarling bull dog Abolitionist[s] Horace Greely and Tom Bennet[t] could be shut, they
have done more and are doing more every day to exasperate the South than anything else.
South Carolina seems to be in earnest, and I fear will act without mature deliberation, the
others of the Cotton States advise waiting and let a convention decide what is to be done,
which seems to me to be the best way to prevent premature measures, in opposition to
our government. We feel badly on this subject, and fear for our country. Will there not a
man be raised suited for the times, can we not hope for a [George] Washington, a
[Daniel] Webster or a [Henry] Clay to open a way for us and pour oil upon the troubled
waters, and save this Union still to be the admiration of the world, as they have done in
years long past, although we as Southerners Sympathize with the South, still we hope to
see the difficulties settled without a resolution [dissolution] of the Union. I will send you
our weekly paper that you may form an idea of how the people feel in our section of
Country. The first part of this I wrote two or three nights ago, by a dim light and feeling
very tired, on looking at it today I feel ashamed to send it, and feel I ought to write it all
over, but reflecting on your generous heart and the indulgence you have heretofore
exersized [sic] towards me, and my limited time from household cares, I have gone on
and must now throw it all before you and beg your clemency, like many others who have
lived and died before me, I do everything in a big hurry. Lottie you can scarcely imagine
how much I look like Ma, since I have been in better health, I have increased in flesh
until [sic] I weigh 130 lbs. and in size am almost as large as our Mother, my dresses are
all to[o] tight and uncomfortable and I can't make them fit like I used to. You wrote me
some time since you were growing fleshy, but you can't come up to me I know. Ossian
weighs 230 lb[s]., is he not a monster? But as his goodness corresponds with his size we
can overlook the former in admiration of the latter, he is still at Key West and I miss him
so much these cold nights, we are now having quite cold weather for us, and large wood
fires feel comfortable. You say Ma has some preserves for me, I am glad to hear it and
wish I had them here now. I stand in need of them, but how long will it be ere I have the
pleasure of tasting them? Christmas is close at hand and we are all preparing [sic] a
Christmas box, there are many things you could send me if it were not for the trouble of

getting them on board of a vessel. There are frequently vessels from NY to Key West
and we have Steamers running between here and Key West every week- if you wish to
send anything to me, leave it at Benner & Deaker in N[ew] York to be sent by the first
vessel to Key West, and they will soon be sent over here. Send me the preserves as soon
as possible and ask Ma to either make me or buy a nice large fruit cake and send me. We
seldom can get the materials here for making them and I think I would enjoy one from
home very much, and if it could get here by Christmas or even New Years it would be
very pleasant and we would enjoy it very much. I will send you a 2.50 gold piece, if I
can get it I have plenty of bills but they will not pass with you now, and send me anything
else you choose, a box from home full of good things would be quiet exceptable [sic], a
lb. or 2 of broken candy for the children also would be nice, get anything you think we
would like and I will bear all expense. You speak of a bonnet, the bonnets they are
wearing now are to[o] ugly for me. Our merchants have brought several out and they are
about. Pokes they are called, and Pokes they are. I have been wearing mine over a year
now, and shall wear it until next summer if I go home, if not I will send to Savannah or
Charleston and get one. Please Lottie send me as soon as possible the pattern of the
Rabbit made of Canton Flannel. I want to make some for Christmas, answer this very
soon and send the pattern. Dealia has received my letter long ere this. I hope she will
write me soon again, give much love to her and the children. Give much love to Em and
Ma and for yourself except [sic] the best love and kind wishes of your ever affectionate


Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2009

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