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February 15th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford Court House, Feb 15th

Dear Wife,

I received a letter from you written the 9th saying you had received mine containing the 5 I sent you. I was sorry to learn that I had written any thing to make you feel blue I would much sooner cheer you up for I know the trials of your situation and they are neither light nor few. It has always been my desire to save you anxiety and in order to do so I have written much and often but I have sometimes been unfortunate in choosing my language (for I always write in a hurry).

When I said oft repeated obligations I should have said pleasant obligations (except in very cold

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February 12th, 1863

From Caroline Burleigh |

Mt. Carmel, Thursday night, Feb. 12th

Dear, dear Husband,

I am only going to write you a “wee” letter tonight for I have written twice before this week, (by the way I wonder if you get all my letters, I never fail to write twice a week, so if you don’t get them in that proportion you don’t get all I write) I thought I would write a little tonight, because I have started your box today. I rather wanted to wait until I had another letter from you, was in hopes I would get one last night, but I had the box ready, and Alford would go to Mr. Hover today and get it off, so I sent it

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February 11th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford C. House, Feb 11th, ’63

Dear Wife,

I got a letter from you yesterday written in two days, I had waited for it very anxiously for I was afraid I should hear you were sick as you were not well when I heard from you last. I am sorry Louise has a cold but I know she will be well taken care of.

It is so cold today I just answer your letter and not write much more we have had two or three days of pleasant weather but it is agoing to storm today if it gets warm enough.

You said I would be glad of as good a place as our barn to stay in, it is

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February 9th, 1863

From Caroline Burleigh |

Mt. Carmel, Monday eve, Feb 9th/63

Ever dear Husband,

I am setting here in the kitchen alone, with baby asleep by my side. There is to be a surprise party at Mr. Thayers tonight. Mother and I had an invitation, but I thought it would be the most proper for the oldest to stay at home (as we couldn’t both go) so I staid at home for mother to go, you knew she is younger about going around, than I am.

It is a very dark, muddy, and it hardly seemed prudent for her to go, she said she wished I would go, but I didn’t feel as if I could, at least I didn’t want to, so I started

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