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Father & Mother I received

Father & Mother  I received
Father & Mother  I received
Father & Mother  I received
Father & Mother  I received


Sunderland, Darwin
Sunderland, Darwin
Albany, NY
Original letter: ink on paper, 4 p.


Albany Barracks
Jan. 9, 1862

Father & Mother

I received
yours of the 5 and was glad to hear from home.  I sent a letter by Howard Cast Saturday to the post to be left at _________.   He said he should get there at night.
The Capt. is here and he says that I may come home but he wants that I should come back again.
I do not know whether I should come or not.   I was glad to hear that Mr. Pain was satisfied and had got the mill and for that reason I do not think I shall come home to stay.  I was vaccinated about two weeks ago and I thought that it was getting along first rate till last Friday when it commenced to swelling and my arm and leg in to inflame where I was pricked and my arm swelled up and was so sore that I could not get my coat on and my right arm and hand trembles so I can not hardly write.  The Col. Is at home sick but we heard that he was coming to day and the  captain says that he will try to get me a furlow and I may come home for a week or two and if I get any recruits it will not cost me anything.   I shall consider the cost about coming home.  There is runaways almost every day  one more of our men went away yester-day.   They all curse the officers   the officers put more confidence in me than a good many of their own men and they do not require as  much duty of me as they do some.
Tell John when he stops sawing at night to go down and cut the ice.   Then it is soft and he can cut it as easy again and also when he goes to dinner cut it be fore going or whenever he leave it to stand an hour or two.  I know what it is to cut the ice in a mill down in the pitman hole   I was glad to hear that the children liked their teacher.  It is healthier hear than it is at home.  There has been only two died in the hospital since I came here.  We have only about 5 inches of snow here and we have not had only 3 cold nights.   It is quite pleasant weather here.
If I should not come home by next week Thursday write and I should like to have you send that letter from _________.  When you write again  send all the news.   Give my love to all.  Enquire my friends.
I was very thankful to get that money that you sent to me   I do not think of anything else at present  so good bye  From your son   Darwin W. Sunderland


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Date Original (Precise): 
January 9, 1862


Digitization Specifications: 
Scanned at 600ppi on Epson 1000XL scanner as 48-bit RGB uncompressed TIFF images. Images resized to 960 pixels wide, 150 dpi, and saved as JPEG (level 10) in Photoshop CS5 with Unsharp Mask of 60:1.
Date Digital: 
September 26, 2011