The Civil War Letters of Aaron Jones Fletcher


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Letter dated May 22, 1863 from Clara [Dole?], Brattleboro, Vermont, to Aaron Jones Fletcher

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            Brattleboro  May 22nd [1863]
Dear Friend Jonie
            Your very welcome
letter lies before me waiting to
be answered and I will
now endeavor to comply with
its unspoken wishes
            I can not make any
promises however that this
communication will be a
readable affair but I shall
throw myself  on your mesey [mercy]
trusting after you learn the
reason you will kindly
accord me full and free
            But I will now proceed
to state the facts.  I have


been quite unwell with a cold
and cough for several weeks
and last week was compelled
to give up work and keep as
quiet as possible.  That must
also be my excuse for
not writing to you before
I had intended to write to you
yesterday but had company
all day and in the evening
and by these means were
prevented  I have attempted
to work part of the day in
the shop and to night I feel
sick and tired but will no
longer delay this letter
I am glad you are
in such comfortable quarters
and think it must indeed
seem queer to you to be
carrying a stick for a musket
I hope you enjoy better
weather than we do hear


for it has rained continually
for a week.
I am very glad to
hear that you were going to
have your teeth filled. it is
a pity that you have got to
lose any but then they
seem to have done you very
good service the last four
Your corps will form
part of the grand sevien  I
suppose.  it must be a grand
sight and one that I would
like to behold.  You say you have
got the Mexican fever bad
all I can say is that in one
sense it seems a great
inducement to a man. more
especially a single man at
the present time
I see by the
paper that they offer one


thousand dollars and eight hundred acres of land and
transportation there to.  You say you wrote to H. you were
going has she yet given her consent?  I hope if you go
and come home before you go. we shall see you if I
should not you bear with you my best wishes.
There are a good many soldiers here from different
regiments to be mustered out. one can hardly
realize that the war is nearly done.
I ought to write two more letters to night
but my head feels so badly.  I think they will
have to be postponed.  I will close hope to hear
soon and hope next time I may be able to
compose a more interesting letter.  Good night