Love to all.
Yours, truly, Everett.
This letter shows that his residence of twelve years in the Border States had exerted the natural effect on his views, and that he looked on national affairs with the eyes of a Missouri Unionist, not of a New England man. The next letter shows him carried already far on by the enthusiasm of the war.
St. Joseph, May 16, 1861.
dear——, —Yours received this morning.
The reason of my long silence is, that I made a trip-starting about April 10th— up to Fort Randal, a thousand miles up the Missouri River, and only returned about ten days ago.
Everything has been in a state of excitement here, and about ten days ago was drifting toward thorough anarchy.
I think the operations in St. Louis did no particular harm, and Harney's proclamation does a wondrous deal of good.
He is a citizen of Missouri, and has the power to do what he says he will; and it is well known here that when he undertakes to do a thing he is apt to do it v
ispense drugs under such circumstances.
My medical work here is so consuming of time that I have not been outside the house for three or four days, and can do nothing in the Sanitary line, and feel as if I were neglecting my own proper business, though the demand is so absorbing that I must keep on. The house is not well adapted for a hospital.
This army will need nearly a thousand beds here, and yet no measures have been taken to put up temporary buildings as adjuncts to this one.
My hospital labors have continued with no intermission, except for three days when I went up to Newport News, to see a large number of sick who had been sent in and were in a sad plight. . . . . We have many very sick here in this house,—four or five died yesterday.
It's a most painful thing to see men die so, away from home and friends, surrounded by people who care nothing for them.
One soon learns what a little thing is a man's life.
One poor fellow died yesterday of typhoid fev