My dear boy_ Mrs. Strother received a letter from the Dr. today, by which we learned that you were well. We have had much excitement in town this evening, on account of Capt. McFarlane's Company coming in to stay one week at home. We are glad to see our boys indeed, every one seemed glad to rejoice, but Wm. Ellis and myself, because our two boys were not here too.
We are anxious for you my son. I hear by Mrs. Strother that Col. Fletcher
[Page 2] is the commander of the Brigade_ you must remain with the Col. Fletcher. We expect to hear a good report of you. Be a man under all circumstances, dare to do what you know to be right, though the heavens fall! and be assured all will turn out right. We have a very nice school and we have some hope of getting along. We have 79 pupils. Your Aunt Mary from St. Charles with Wilson is upon a visit. She expresses a great deal of anxiety about you. So act that you may merit the esteem of your men and respect of the officers.
I feel that you are with the right man. The Doctor writes and assures us that we need never have any fear about you. That you were loved by all on account of your
[Page 3] attention to your men. I do hope you will never be less attentive to them, then they will ever be ready to attend to you.
You can make and secure the best friends in the world while in the army, if you will but act your part well.
You will please write us as frequently as you can, and give us all the information you can consistantly give out.
Give us some of the facts about the difficulty between Col. F. & Genl. Gray. We believe the Col. right without hearing any thing about it. We never can have peace in this part of the country while there is a negro in slavery among us. Major Rollins is elected by the hardest. To tell you the truth I would not have cared much if he was
[Page 4] beaten, for he has been very two-faced in his inclinations in this canvass to get rebel votes. Mr. Lovelace is elected to the legislature. When you are paid off, you must pay your debts due Col. Fletcher and every one else. Try and keep your person as genteel as possible so as to command respect from the many. Be careful how you talk. Make no confidents, unless it is your Col. Tell Mr. Thompson that the emancipation spirit is in the ascendant in this county. We want to hear from you. Give our regards to the Col., Dr. L. & Thompson.
Your aff.[ectionate] Father James H. Robinson
[P.S.] George Smith is sick at Columbia and did not come down with the boys.
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