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Catherine Edmondston"Came back to Looking Glass [plantation on the Roanoke River] . . . . Preserved a large quantity of Strawberries yesterday. Sugar will be scarce but Patrick likes them and they will be excellent for him in Camp. Found the Stores which Patrick ordered in anticipation of the Blockade had arrived Salt, Iron, Cotton Bagging, Rope, Coffee, Sugar, & I know not what. I think I have household supplies sufficient to last for some months & before the Fall the Blockade must be raised. England & the Dis US herself cannot do without our cotton. Once let us have a supply & say to England, come & get it & the Navies of Mr. Lincoln will be swept away like dust!"
  Catherine Ann Devereaux Edmnonston, from her diary, May 21, 1861. (Buy the Book)

"This December 30 . . . Dear husban I take my pen in hand to drop you A few lins to let you know that I am well at this time an the chrildren is well an I hope that these few lins may reach an find you the Same. I recived A letter from you yesterday morning rote the 15 of December an was glad to here from you an here that you ware well an I recived one hundred dollars in it of Confedrate. an I war glad to get it for I am in det for provision an it will take it all excepting five or ten dollars."
  Caroline S. Alligood, December 30, 1863 spelling unchanged (William Slade Papers)


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