Envelope and page one

Envelope and page one

My husband’s uncle sent this copy of a letter he inherited to see if I could find out more information about the people in the letter.  He specifically wanted to know more about the author of the letter John Phillips.



Camp Hicks Near Frederick Maryland Feb 7th, 1862

Friend Amor,

I take this opportunity to write you a few lines in answer to the letter I received from you some time ago. I am well, and these few lines will find you the same.  We have had no fighting to do yet but we are anxious to meet the rebels and have a fight with them.  We expect soon to move to a more Southern Clime and I am glad that we have not had but one pleasant day for three weeks and now it has not fairly cleared away. I am getting sick of such kind of weather.  How has it been in your part of the country has there been much Sleighing and Skateing this

Page 2 and 3 of letter

Page 2 and 3 of letter

Winter or not? Do you attend any of the Balls this Winter?  If so what kind of times do you have. I really wish I could step in some night and surprise you all. I am in hopes to be at home by the first of August – but I can’t tell exactly how these expeditions are going to make out perhaps I shall be home sooner. How is James Wilsons why does he not come out here again? I should like very much to see him out here again! Give him my Best Respects tell him to write me a letter and I will answer it. What has become of Albert Orne and Nathaniel Perley I wrote each of them a letter a long time ago but have received no answer from either of them, Are they Dead?! Give them my Respects tell them that a few lines from them would be thankfully received and promptly Answered. I like very much to hear

From Old Topsfield often. The Topsfield Boys are all well and Hearty as Bears, All hopeing soon to be at home I am perfectly contented here but would like to drop in and see my numerous friends at home.

PS When you write let me know all of the news Give my very Best Respects to all your Folks Tell Mary I shall write her a letter soon N. B. Direct all my letters to Washington D.C. Hoping soon to hear from you I remain your sincere friend John M Phillips

To Andrew A Gould   write soon

Letter from John M Philips to Andrew A Gould c/o Andrew Gould Esq.,  February 7 1862;  Topsfield, Essex County Mass. [transcribed from photograph of original document by Jennifer Campbell November 14 2015]

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