Robert Saunders at Richmond to his wife Lucy, 1863 May 3
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Happily hears of Lucy’s recovery from Mr. James Semple. Paid broker $105 for $21 in gold to purchase article for Lucy. Semple hired out his slave, Jim, in Danville. Jim had run away once and was with the Yankees. Glad Jim has not the chance to tell other slaves of his escape. Heard nothing of slaves Molly and Elia. All their servants in Williamsburg, except Sam, who was hired at the lunatic asylum, are still in place. All slaves at the farm, except Jacob, are still there. Jacob ”enticed away” by his wife a servant of Mrs. Tucker. All Mrs. Tuckers’ slaves have run off. Thinks Yankees will abandon the lunatic asylum. If so, Lee would make some arrangements for its support. A battle is near at Fredericksburg (Chancellorsville). Funeral tomorrow, at St. Paul’s, for Channing Price, killed near Fredericksburg. Does not “repine” or “brood over his affairs.” Would need only to see Lucy the children and grandchildren to be happy as anyone could be during the war. The war “enrages rather than depresses” him. Strongly angered, filling him with “desire to see the Yankee race exterminated.” Will attempt to get a promoted position when the members of Congress are gone. Believes it will be easier to approach Secretaries at that time.
- Creation: 1863 May 3
- From the Collection: Saunders, Robert, 1805-1868 (Person)
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