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Title:[Letter] 1846 Jul. 21 [to] Mrs. William Caswell / William Caswell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Caswell William R.

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Date: July 21, 1846
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated July 21, 1846 from Captain William R. Caswell to his wife in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Captain Caswell writes that he is awaiting passage by steamship to New Orleans where he will then go to Mexico to serve in the Mexican-American War.
Collection:William R. Caswell Papers
Box:MS-18, b1

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Memphis 21st July 1846
My Dear Wife—

I came across the river last evening into the city, and was met with congratulations upon my appointment as chief of Genl. [General] Pillows staff. He sent for me and tendered me the appointment— which I declined because I hated to leave my company[added: I was urged & ] I however finally concluded to accept it— I am now with Genl. [General] Pillow[added: as his aid] at the Commercial Hotel— and we will take the first St. [Steam] Boat, for New Orleans — As far as the comfort of the service is concerned I shall be in clover—

Yesturday [Yesterday] & to-day I have had the piles, which has rendered me very uncomfortable— Our surgeon is a particular friend of mine, & he has prescribed for me & says I will be well in a day or two—

I met at the dinner table to-day with Mrs. Judge Brown ( Mrs Boylan that was) had a brief conversation with her at table— & a few minutes ago, prepared a visiting card to call upon her, when the steamer came in view— & I now write this while the Genl. [General] has gone to procure a passage for us—

I will write you again from Orleans— Please write to me immediately direct to New Orleans— My love to all

Yr [Your] Affectionate Husband
Wm. R. [William Richard] Caswell
[added: I am very anxious to hear from you.]

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Mrs. Wm R. [William Richard]Caswell Russelville Jefferson County, E. Ten. [East Tennessee]

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