Camp Near Brashear City Sept 16th 1863 Dear Hattie Perhaps you will think I love you becaus I write so often, well perhaps I do: but there is no use of me spending time and wasting paper telling you I love you for I am satisfied you know it. but my chief delight is in making you happy: you and sweet little May is all I have to live for in this world; and I know if I can make you happy then I shall be happy: but judging from my conduct when I was at home you will think different. but I hope you have forgive me: and I shall try and be a better husband. This is the sixth leter I have written since I left home this time I hope you have or will receive them: but I am affraid you will not as I have heard there was no mail left Orleans for two weeks as heard, I hope that is a mistake: as the mail comes this way I don't see how it comes it would not go up the the river. Dr. White was just now in my tent he is very much excited and crys a bout that letter in the republican in regard to the sanitary goods he says it is all a lie and if George Clarke comes back to the regiment he had better keep himself scarse a bout his quarters or he will boot him until his nose bleeds. So you see there will a Small pfight: all I have to say is let em fight as long as I keep well I don't want any sanitary goods: and when I do want them I know
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