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In a love letter to his cousin and fiancée, Halliburton apologizes for upsetting her with his recent letter and admits that students criticize him for being pro-Union but anti-Lincoln.
You have consented to let one
without giving to me the accustomed salute. I have not been well at ease since
was was mad then. I was sorry to know
that I could not hear from and write to you. And then darling you told me to
tell you all and when I promised would you want me to violate it. No! my
darling. you are the only one to whom I can unbosom myself to—you are the
only one that will share with me the sorrows which have been my inseperable
companion from childhood till now your
The thought that I so frequently wound so deeply your feeling is a
punishment [adaqate]3 to
all my crimes. The joy I feel in adding to your happiness is a sufficient
return for the means employed—the self-reproch that racks me when I bring
tears to your eyes is its
reward. Darling you must write to me now and tell me that you do not censure me
for that letter.
Darling please write at least once a week. I cant bear disappointment now. I have expected a letter from you every week. Dont disappoint me now my darling. Father never writes—I cant hear from home—then darling not to hear from you (equal to all the world) will be too bad. As long as you write to me I can bear up under all of Fortune's freaks.
When you write all is joy and love—when you write I feel
indipendent of all the world. When you write
bearable—be silent and the
reverse is my doom.
I have nothing interesting about myself to tell you. I heard from
I have seen
of April. on the first day of may I will be done with books. Soon darling
I'll see you. Cheer up love! Cheer up my darling! Give my love to all.
2. In a March 1, 1861, letter
3. Several characters have been written on top of one another
top of y.