Letter to the Front,   Dec 1, 1862

pretty tight times ...
the theme from Wm, Martha and John

The folks at Eckford use commas to punctuate their letters so I have increased my editing to include line breaks to indicate paragraphs. PJW 5/26/99
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Eckford, Monday morning, December 1st
      My son we recieved 2 letters last thursday from you    they were of the 21st one of them, and the other was not dated    was very glad to here from you and hear that you were well    we are all as well as common at present
I have finished the school house and the school has commenced today    it has been quite stormy three or four days   snowing most of the time   but the snow is not more than three inches deep at present, today it is quite warm and pleasent again,
in my last I wrote you we would send you a box the first of the week, mother is knitting you some very nice mittens now and just as soon as they are done we will make up a box and send to you,
I believe that Frank Chase[?] starts this morning to join your regiment,
Have you had any gloves since you left home, ma thinks you had some on when you had your likness taken, just write and let us know weather you did or not,
we found the gun at Greens Barn but have not found the trap,   John has got them from George Daniels    Lester Mumbrue has cut his foot very badly, he wont be likely to walk on it for 5 or 6 weeks    Piet[?] Mumbrue has gone trapping,   we heard yesterday that B Patm..[?] and Hiram Blake and one or 2 others of our boys were all in the Hospital sick,   how is Charley W. now    is he got well of the rhumatism yet,   and Cicero L, how is he getting along,
we have pretty tight times here every thing is so high priced you have no idea how much it takes to get such things as we have to, all kinds of dry goods are about double what they were one year ago and groceries the same, we used to get nails for 3 ½ cts pond[pound?] now we have to pay 6 and they say that they are selling for 8 in Marshall    Coal Oil is now worth one dollar per gallon and 4 weeks ago we could get plenty of it for 50 cts,
Ma and myself were up to uncle Greens last evening,   Sarah had gone to her school,   Martha [Bitely, Green's mother-in-law] is so as to be about the house but is not able to do much    the rest are all well as usual,   Poor Albert has fits as bad as ever,   he hardly knew us last night when we went in there,
I will stop writting for ma wants to write some to you and I am in a hurry to go to Homer,
    this from your Pa

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yes we got the 2 letters you sent without paying the postage on and want you to adopt the same rule with all your letters    it will be quite a savings to you
['Twas not to be. The cost and availability of stamps remains a constant problem for Wm.]

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Dear Willie
      I want to say say a few words to you but I have but little to say as I have written twice to you within a week and I am in such a hurry to get your box filled
I hope you are well yet   but if you should get sick you must try to get a furlow home    tell us in your next how all the boys are,
I am agoing to send you two pair of socks   one pair double mittens and some butter and dried peaches plumbs cherries and blackberries and green apples and all the good vituels that I can pack in a thirty pound box    for one dollar is all the money we can can get now
John has began to write a letter to you but has not got it done yet he has a good deal to do and he is as slow as ever,    Willie do be a good boy and dont use propane[profane] words nor dont do any thing that you know is wrong for you know not what hour you will be taken out of this world    do be a good boy,
now write soon to your mother
       Martha B Wells

Dear    Brother
I thought that I would step in and see how you was at present    I am well now    how is Gabrel Landers now,
school be gun this morning    I cant go this week for I hant got any shoes nor I hant got any cloths fit to go to school    hav you sent any thing to the express office yet    has Beardsley got his box yet,
do write to me as soon as you get [smudge] this    now write to
    Martha, I, Wells, ["poor ink" smudged out]

    you know
   that I am a poor writer

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