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Home I again seat myself to pen a few lines to you

Home  I again seat myself to pen a few lines to you
Home  I again seat myself to pen a few lines to you
Home  I again seat myself to pen a few lines to you
Home  I again seat myself to pen a few lines to you


Sunderland, John
Sunderland, John
Sunderland, Darwin
Doil's Plantation, LA
Original letter: ink on paper, 4 p.


Doils plantation
July 24th [18]64
I again seat myself to pen a few lines to y[ou] to let you know that I am quite well at present and hope that these few lines will find you all the same[.]  I have just had a nice wash and changed my clothes and enten [eaten] a nice diner of bread and milk.  I reseived 3 letters from home last wedensday[,] 2 with medicen in and 1 without but had the directions for using the medicen[.]  I have taken half of the medicen that you fixt [fixed] and I think it has done me some good.  The medicen that I nead most is for the stumack [stomach].  for we are troubled here a goodele with not having ower foode digest and paines in the bowels[,] some times not eaven soft bread will digest but pas the bowels just as it is eatin.  So eny medicen that you can fix from your doctor book for the stumack eaven if you have to by [buy] the stuff and send to me a little at a time in a letter with the directions I shall be very glad of.  Well Mother I think that I have reseived every thing that you have sent me except the paper and invelops[,] them I think are lost for their was a mail stemer sunk about a fortnight ago.  And I do not expect to hear from you this week for we heard that their [there] was another stemer sunk last week on the Atlantick [Atlantic Ocean] with 65 mail bags on board so we expect that ower mails is gon for this week.  I have spok[e] once befor about having Aut get me some tamrack gum if he can[.]   I wish he would and send to me in a letter after it is maid [made][,] but I suppose that he is so busy now a haying that he will not have time so you may send me a stick of bauten gum.  Oh Mother you do not know how much I think of home since Dars death[.]  I am thinking about it all the time and woundering how you all get along and thinking when I shall get a letter and then when I do get a letter it makes me feele a goodele worce[.]  I do not get a letter from home now but wheat makes me shead tears and some times I think I will not write a letter to eny body and try an forget home entirely and then I think of you and how you would feele not to get letters regular from me so I have to write[.]  all I think about now is home and how you all get along[.]  I wish I could now [know] just wheat you are doing every day but that is impossible.  I wish father would send now and then a word to me about how he gets along and how Aut makes it go a farming alone.  There is one thing that you have never spoken about and this is the woode pile[.]  I want to know if you have got it cut up and how you may think that I am kind of notional [?--emotional] but I canot help it for I am all the time thinking of home and woundering if sutch and sutch things are done.  When you write I want to know how you get along haying and if you have eny body to help you and what wages are up north now and how the crops look and if the weivil [boll weevil] are eating the wheat[.]  this from your truly repented Son
J. R S

My love to the girls and all the famely


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Date Original (Precise): 
July 24, 1864


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: 
October 3, 2011