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Adair, John to sister to Dec. 7, 1866 – Washington City

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Adair, John to sister to Dec. 7, 1866 – Washington City
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Washington City
7th, Dec. 1866

My dear Sister,
After some little circumlocution, Matt has succeeded in getting dear Patton's
pardon. We hope it may remove obstacles out of the way of his success. We don't know
where he is, therefore send it to your care.
I am thankful to tell you, my cough is somewhat better, tho I am no by no means
well! I am weak and never was as thin in my life before, my weight being one hundred
and eight pounds!! Yet I have health enough to allow my having many and great
enjoyments, for which I ought, and I trust I am very grateful. If it is my father's will to
take me home in the gradual and gentle way, without mental or physical suffering, it will
only be like his ten thousand kindnesses which he has bestowed upon me, for his precious
son's sake, and being as I feel myself, through His mercy, altogether at peace with Him
and all the world, it is very unimportant when He may choose to call me. I have taken
the sweet gum you sent me, but have not been able to procure any more of it, tho I have
searched diligently among all our druggists! They say it is of southern growth and has
not been brought here. My Adair is now in the South and I will write him to procure me
some of it, and bring it to me when he comes, tho' I cannot tell when that will be as he is
off on a tour for his insurance company, and only promised, God permitting, the he
would be with us in Feb. to meet his sisters, and brothers, and nephews, and nieces, who
are all coming to celebrate our fiftieth marriage anniversary on the 4th of March! I don't
think in any part of the "Sunny South" you can have more delightful weather than we
have been enjoying this autumn! I am now writing on my centre table in my room with a
window hoisted on each side of me, and the air that blows on me is as balmy as the finest
May-day!! If it is as warm South in proportion, I doubt if Nell has yet gone to New
Orleans. Has your bible arrived yet? Or when do you expect her? Matt and Lyd with
husband, write with me in most affectionate love to you all.
Col. Mendell and Nellie sail on the 11th from N.Y. for San Francisco, where he
has been ordered to build forts, and where they expect to be permanent, at least for a
good many years he writes me, late accounts from the Pacific, say all are well! Mary
Jordan has a daughter! And was doing well if we could only get the obstacle to dear
Johnny's returning to our country removed, they might all then be there together and as
you may suppose no effort which we could make, has been omitted to effect it but as yet,
no purpose, the cases of West Point men are more difficult to many than other class.
Your own sister,
JMS


Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.




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Washington City 7th, Dec. 1866 My dear Sister, After some little circumlocution, Matt has succeeded in getting dear Pattons pardon. We hope it may remove obstacles out of the way of his success. We dont know where he is, therefore send it to your care. I am thankful to tell you, my cough is somewhat better, tho I am no by no means well! I am weak and never was as thin in my life before, my weight being one hundred and eight pounds!! Yet I have health enough to allow my having many and great enjoyments, for which I ought, and I trust I am very grateful. If it is my fathers will to take me home in the gradual and gentle wa y, without mental or physical suffering, it will only be like his ten thousand kindnesses which he has bestowed upon me, for his precious sons sake, and being as I feel myself, th rough His mercy, altogether at peace with Him and all the world, it is very unimportant when He may choose to call me. I have taken the sweet gum you sent me, but have not been able to procure any more of it, tho I have searched diligently among all our druggists! They say it is of southern growth and has not been brought here. My Adair is now in the South and I will write him to procure me some of it, and bring it to me when he comes, tho I cannot tell when that will be as he is off on a tour for his insurance company, and only promised, God permitting, the he would be with us in Feb. to meet his sist ers, and brothers, and nephews, and nieces, who are all coming to celebrate our fift ieth marriage anniversary on the 4th of March! I dont think in any part of the Sunny South you can have more delightful weather than we have been enjoying this autumn! I am now writing on my centre table in my room with a window hoisted on each side of me, and the air th at blows on me is as balmy as the finest May-day!! If it is as warm South in pr oportion, I doubt if Nell has yet gone to New Orleans. Has your bible arri ved yet? Or when do you expect her? Matt and Lyd with husband, write with me in most affectionate love to you all. Col. Mendell and Nellie sail on the 11th from N.Y. for San Francisco, where he has been ordered to build forts, and where th ey expect to be permanent, at least for a good many years he writes me, late accounts fr om the Pacific, say all are well! Mary Jordan has a daughter! And was doing well if we could only get the obstacle to dear Johnnys returning to our country removed, they might all then be there together and as you may suppose no effort which we could make, ha s been omitted to effect it but as yet, no purpose, the cases of West Point men are more difficult to many than other class. Your own sister, JMS Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.