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1863 November 9, Letter from J. Edward James, Nickojack Cove, Georgia, to Lizzie James, Galena, Illinois.

Excerpt: "My health is very good and I can out weigh you by a pound and a half (bully for me). I have found out for a certainty that my knapsack was burnt and all in it (?) was burnt with it. Now for 39. Its contents are more striking than any one before. As you suppose I am very much surprised. Oh Lizzie can it be true. Must I give you up to the care and protection of others hands? It is hard but I trust for the best. If the Mr. S. mentioned is the one I think (?) I must confess I have a few scruples and might submit a few questions for your consideration. But will for bare and if you feel that on him you can place all reliance. That he will ever hold the relationship sacred and that as a life companion he will ever be to you true in short he will be the one to make your future easy and agreeable. Affording a respectability you deserve and above all is worthy of your best affections hand and heart. So trusting that you fully realize what you are about to do and given subject a clear searching and hoping all will be well. I give you as you ask my hearty approval and may God bless you."




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United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondents

1863 November 9, Letter from J. Edward James to Lizzie James