The following letter is from Bluford T. R. Foster to his wife Mary.
Senate Chambers Nashville, Tenn.
October 15th 1867
My Dear Wife,
I received your letter this (Tuesday) morning. Of course I was much pleased to
receive a letter from you, but you can scarcely conceive of the deep distress which I feel to
hear of your affliction, and I will here urge upon you to spare no pains or expense in
taking the necessary care of yourself. I most deeply regret the necessity of my absence
from you but it seems unavoidable. I hope however that you may at least be able to come
down before long and spend a week or two. I think I will probably get leave of absence
between this and Christmas to come home a few days. If we only had our Rail road built I
could come home every week free of cost. I have received complimentary tickets to travel
on all the Rail Roads but unfortunately they all run the wrong way. I have just taken up
another pen & I see it had red ink in it hence a change in the appearance of my letter.
I want to receive all items of home news pertaing to such things as relate to
your comfort etc. I will buy you a carpet and will retain the house where you are as Ford
told me. I should have the refusal therof. You may therfore consider yourself at home
and proceed accordingly to buy wood, hay, shucks, corn etc. I will write some of my
friends there to superintend as to buying such as you need. Anything you want out of the
store apply to Ward for the same, and I will write him to assist you in buying what you
need. I do hope you will not be despondent and dejected. Col. Blackburn will also assist
you in getting what you need. He told me he would and I take him for a friend. He &
Hathaway helped me considerably in my election here. I have been obliged to buy me
some clothing, a coat, some shirts & drawers, but want you to send my heavy coat and
other shirts by the first good chance. I have also bought a trunk, so you need not send
Do the best you can my dear till I come.
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