Raynors HCA 2018-10
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Displaced West Virginia citizen's letter, 4pp. 8vo., written on "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever" patriotic stationery by John F. Blake, Nicholas, [Co. soon-to-be West Virginia], May 10, 1862, to Mrs. Mary E. Lyman who was apparently watching over his property after fleeing bushwhacking neighbors and Rebel conscripting agents, reading, in part: "…I will now inform you that Marlborough & I are both…very anxious to be at home, but I do not want to go until I am satisfied there is no danger. We have been making our home at William Brown's…I have been working some for the citizens & some of the soldiers…O. C. Branner passed through this neighborhood & left word at the X lanes that you had succeeded in saving the property I left in your care…I was some times afraid they would destroy every thing I had & probably not leave you enough to live upon. If you have not sold any of the property yet do not sell…until I get home…I sent with an officer who went to Gallioplis for some foil…the "Yankees" have been very kind to me & are not disturbing anyone who behaves himself…neither are they destroying any property. Tell the people on Sinking Creek to stay at home & mind to their own business & they will not be disturbed…give my respects to all my friends if you know who they are & those that are my enemies & those especially who have been trying to injure me will receive their reward in good time. Marlborough has been very busy with the gals & that has kept him from going crazy…tell the girls in Greenbrier that I have been a good boy since I have been out here. I have not courted a girl since I have been here…John F. Blake…". Minor spotting, else VG
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The Yankees Have Been Very Kind To Me So Says This West Virginian

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