David Levy Yulee to his Wife
The great event of the day is that I have succeeded in procuring a full supply of shoes for our people - but at the monstrous price of $7.25 a pair. But they must not suffer, let the cost be what it may. To provide for their comfort is the duty of ownership. I feel quite elated at getting them, for the monopoly of the leather and shops by the government made me almost despair of getting any.
The can of spirits of turpentine was put on the barge. Mr. Hahn says he saw it there. There was also a grindstone, and the iron gearing for working a grindstone by the foot. I hope they have all come to light. If not, let me know what Capt. Wilson & Day say about it. If necessary I will get a barrel of spirits turpentine but will be sorry to lose the can.
I send your batch of newspapers. Among them are some
In writing to Mamy did you tell her where we are living. If the letter is opened by the Yankees, it may stimulate their attention to us.
I have gotten some fresh garden seeds. Among them a good parcel of asparagus. I will bring them with me. Bring them with me - You will say, when? I think that next week I will be able to appoint a day for your dispatching Peter to take me to your arms. The delicate appeal which the orange bloom conveyed is not unheeded - nor was the perfume it exhaled without its due influence in exciting beautiful and delightful associations with the one whose sweet hand had placed it in the letter. It is a hard task that has kept me from those I love, but it is duty which obliges it, and you will approve.
Press the children close to your heart for me and continue, all of you prayer for the father and husbands who blesses you all in his heart of hearts.
Mrs. D.L. Yulee