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Redington, Edward S. / Papers, 1862-1867
Wis Mss EQ, Folder 1 ([unpublished])

[Transcribed letter from Edward Redington to his son, Willie: Little Rock, Arkansas, September 20, 1863],   p. 200


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Little Rook, Ark., Sept. 20, 1863.
Dear Willie:
I have waited a long time in hopes of receiving a letter
from you, but have not yet seen it. I have been writing a
long letter to your mother and have written all the news in
that. I will only write a few lines now just to let you know
that I think of my bonnie boy lots of times every day, and hope
he thinks often of his pa away down here in Arkansas among the
Rebels. I am glad to hear from your mama, that you are so good
a boy to work. She said that you can rake and bind and do lots
of things. But there is one other thing you must do, that is,
take care and keep your clothes clean, and always look tidy and
neat. Everybody will think much more of a boy that keeps nice
and clean. I hope and expect when I come home to find you a
nice young gentleman, the best scho~lar in school, and the
smartest boy every way there is in town.
I wrote ma about my horse, if he and I both live until
this war is over, I shall bring him home with me. By that
time you will be large enough to take care of him, and the girls
old enough to learn to ride. Now my dear son be a good boy,
and never do a thing to make anyone ashamed of you.
Your father.
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