May 10th 1861|
You see by the above that I am writing from your old home. 1 Your father is in the room, absorbed in his paper. Lewis Sheets 2 is fixing a segarita to smoke and Aunt Fanny 3 is seting by me busy with her work. All are well. Soon your father & Lewis Sheets will be left to themselvs at the mercy of Mary 4 and the rest of the darkeys. Aunt Fanny is going back to Ohio and will start in a few days. John 5 is staying at Bill Barnards 6 and only comes out here occationally. I believe he thinks of a colonelcy in the secession army. Your father says he is for the Union but is opposed to having army to sustain it. He would have a secession force march where they please uninterupted and is really what I would call a secessionest. Aunt Fanny is strong for the Union and is distressed that your father is not so also. Great numbers of people are leaving St. Louis and Missouri generally. There are two armies now occupying the city, hostile to each other, and I fear there is great danger of a conflict which, if commenced must terminate in great blood shed and destruction of property without advancing the cause of either party.
I called on Mrs. Barrett a few minuets this morning.She and children are well. She says that she will write to you and let you hear from home if you will answer her letters. —Nelly 7 has another little girl. Emma 8 is with her and talks of going up to see you. Your father has given up all notion of going up but I will try and perswade him to change his mind. He is bothered