Lois, This is the letter from T.B. Gleaves to William Burnham.We tried to write it just as he did.Some words we could not make out.If you send me your email address, I will try to send you a scanned copy of his letter.This letter was found in my great grandfather's (Albert Burnham)personnal items .William Columbus Burnham was his dad.
Oct the 12 1883
Dear brother and sister an all in () friendsI write these lines to night ½ past 10 o clock in order that you may here from usWe are all wellWe hope you enjoy the same good blessingsWe wished to answer your letter sooner but could notI want you to take this to father and let him read it()I live in a roughe country but helth is good here and we have made a good crop thisx (time)of corn and tobaco and potatoes yam and navy beans and caneI bought me a cane mill and I have made molases ever since the first of August and I am stile makingI want to get done this weekI have made it bout 4 hundred galonsI would like it if you can come out here and see usI want you and father andsome others to write me an afidavid and state whether you believe I was sound and clean of tumors of the bowels or not when I ()I enlisted () and whenmy doctors was Tenant and Lamb they are bothe ded and give the dates of their deaths some where about 71I left then and state how you know my helth was after the time of my enlistment state tumors or piles or something after that form that will comes paid with my discarg and it will help me very much and when I get the money I will pay you all the chargethen you must go before some swornofficer who does administer the the oathe and be () and send it to me in hasteI am going before the board to be eseamined (examined) on nest(next) Wednesday and I want your afidavids to go with them(Papens?) now if you can do this do it quick and as many as two three or four if you all canAdd this is an (affiseofficial?) 10 regiment Co. US Army (or infamityr) Yours respectful T. B. Gleaves to William Burnham