Letter from Alexander Van Riper to Henry Van Riper, August 24 1863
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Camp Chase Ohio Monday Aug 24th 1863 Dear Cousin
It is with pleasure that I now take my pen in hand to let you [k]now that I am well and hope theas [these] few lines will find you all the same I reseaved [received] your letter last Friday and [haint] had time to answer it on till [until] this morning and that was sad one to we to for when I left thar [there] I though[t] that I wod [would] sea [see] him a gain but one have all got to go sometime and he is a bet[t]er of[f] than one as I think all though I hope so hank [think?] how does mis [Miss] Smith gite [git] a long seanes [since] I come a [may?] how my times [last?] she had me drunk seanes [since] I come a [way?] if nothing hapenes [happens] I will give her a chance to [touck?] a gain [again] and that be for long to for we [haint] exchaned [exchanged] yet and I don’t bleab [believe?] that we will be for thay [they] ar[e] giving furlough now and that doant [don’t] look much as if thay [they] was going to send us to our regiment and I doant [don’t] care [whether?] thay [they] do or not I will be home by the 10 of next month that is shoure [sure] if thar [there] is nothing tournes [torn?] up hank [think?] is line to home now and John ah hant [hain’t] they tell [line?] that I wood [would] like to have him ansor [answer] my letter a soulger [soldier] life is harder than ever I cant think of much to write this time the boys ar[e] all well hear [here] that you now hank [think?] if I come back will you have a [farming bea?] when I git [get] thar [there] for that is what I am coming home for the weather is very warm hear [here] now thar [there] is nothing going on hear [here] to keape [keep] a fel[l]ow out of the [watermelon patches?] I had all that I coad [could] eat yesterday and had to walk about 10 miles to git [get] them but when we got to whar [there] thay [there] was one had all that one [illegible] thar [there] was a bout 10 [acres?] in the feald [field] well now war [was?] of that wea [we] have all the green corn that we want and potaes [potatoes] some of the boys ar[e] on a scout every night henry write as soon as you git [get] this letter and I will ansor [answer] all that you write and don’t [slope guide?] as you did the last time for I liketo have a good long one now [no] mor[e] for this time but still remain your Cousin A. Van Riper To Henry Van Riper
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