WILLIAMS FAMILY LETTERS- #15
John to Abiel
Dudley, Nov. 28, 1864
Here I am in old Dudley once more at home on a furlough. I received a letter from you just before I left Amherst_ was glad to hear you was better fatting upon sweet potatoes.
I hope the ague will not shake it all off.
I have a vacation now of about six weeks, during which I shall visit, break the colt, and perhaps work some. Father has got his fall work done. Is there not much a fellow can do except cut wood. Hez is away now and I assist Lyman in the store some though I have forgotten about all I ever knew about the store. Prices change so much now a days one has to be around to keep posted. It donít take much stuff to come to a dollar now. It is not quite as bad here as in Richmond where they carry their money to market in a basket and their provisions home in a wallet. We are having very warm weather now after having a few weeks of snowy and cold weather.
We thought winter had set in but a few heavy rains soon carried off the snow .It seems real good to get home, if I havenít been away but a short time.
The last week went off pretty slow seemed as if it would never be over.
I had two or three calls to keep school this fall, but think I shall not accept any this winter. Frank Curtisí wife received a letter from Frank today. He and John Davis were well and prisoners at Millen Georgia. (shell burst this page)1 They expected to be exchanged in a short time. Perhaps Sherman will release a squad of them pretty soon. If George was only with them how good it would seem. But it is not so.
We have not heard from Loretta for a good while we are very anxious to hear from her.
I wish it was so Hez could see you before he comes back but I suppose that is impossible now. Edwin is getting along slowly. His leg heals so slowly, he gets almost discouraged some times2. Anson has gone to Brookfield to work with Waldo3.
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