Letter from John Van Riper to Henry Van Riper, January 15, 64
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Remember me when this you see Jan 15/64 Dear Cousins
As I have a little lessure [leisure] time I will improve it by writing to you I have neglected to write to you but I will make it up now I am at school to day and I have got my lessons I sup[p]ose that you have all grown so that I would not know you if I should see you do you any thing about Alexander I have not heard from him about two months and then he wrote a letter to me and then wrote to him and the letter that I wrote came back to me again and they had wrote on it not in camp and so I thought that it might between some of you had heard some thing from him if you have let me know boys have either of you any notion of enlisting I have and they wont let me and so I guess that I will have to stay at home this time I will try and finish my let[t]er now you must not write as long as I did before you write Mary wrote to me a good while ago and I have not answered it yet well I hope that this will do for all of you if you will answer this I will write to all of you Henry you must write to me any way will you we have not had snow enough to make any sleighing yet we have good roads here we have got a very good School Teacher here this winter boys do you remember when we used to go after hickory nuts what fun we used to have William and I used to go by to gether and Abe and Henry I have forgot whether Williams name is Willis or William let me know when you write again Mary you must write to me to as well as the boys will you please to send me your pictures if you will I will send you mine I have not heard from my sisters in some time tell your father and mother that I would like to hear from them write soon and tell me all the particulars we have lost almost all of the boys in our neighborhood they have almost all enlisted them that [illegible segment] to inlist and they think that is pret[t]y good pay and so go if you have heard anything form Alie Please let me know where to write to himGood By Wheat is 12 shillings per bu Corn 10 per bu Oats 80 cents per bu Good by for this time form your affectionate Cousin John Van Riper To Henry and Mary Van Riper Excuse bad writing for I wrote it in a hur[r]y This is a specimen of my hand writing
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