5 January 1863: “Alice and the little girls came safely to hand on Saturday in company with President Davis who made a pretty little speech at the station.”

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1863, from Paul Cameron to Thomas Ruffin.

Item citation: From folder 453 in the Thomas Ruffin Papers #641 in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Hillsboro, Jany. 5th ’63

My Dear Sir,

My wagon will be up from Fairntosh to day and I will keep it here until Wilson with his wagon makes the trip to Haw River for the apple [?]. I hope he may be able to get back here tomorrow night, but beg that you will detain him as long as you wish to get the [?] up to your likeing. I left instructions with Mr. Piper to have the [pales?] all prepared the week after Christmas and I have no doubt is now prepared to plant on land that I hope will be the property of your Grandpa Duncan. We are all well once more. Benehan yet pale & feeble. Alice and the little girls came safely to hand on Saturday in company with President Davis who made a pretty little speech at the station. Gov. Graham acting as the Master of Ceremonies. He said he saw peace ahead and that we should drive back the hated Yankees. I paid a very high [?] to N.C. The Stokes property aid not [?] my like – only 250 acres of flat land – much worn – judging from the size of the corn stalks – without timber – and sick surroundings, not to my likeing. I got home in time on Tuesday morning last to wish my wife & little ones a happy new year.

With a tender of my best greetings for you & yours, faithfully your friend,
P.C. Cameron

[note on back]

I sent you the letter of the Lynchburg seeds man, A.B. Rucker & Co. by mail. he has no [?] seed, very little clover seed in market – & at a high price – I think $25 per bushel.

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