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Sunday, 6 P. M.
We have passed Cape Henry, and [are] going up to Fortress Monroe, where we shall arrive in the course of another hour. How long we shall remain there, we cannot tell; probably not more than an hour or two. Several additional guests are to come on board, among them Secretary Stanton, if he can leave his post.1 . . .

Dear Thompson and I have a state-room together. He is very kind and attentive to me, bringing me my coffee before I leave my berth in the morning, as he rises earlier, and assiduous to do all in his power to make the jaunt pleasant to me.

As all has gone well with us thus far, I trust it will to the end. But my thoughts are more with you and the dear ones at home than at Fort Sumter, saving that the prospect of our seeing George brings him before me continually. Will it not be a2 joyful surprise to him to meet me and Mr. Thompson?


W. L. Garrison to his wife.

Charleston, S. C., April 15, 1865.
We had a fine passage from Fortress Monroe to Hilton Head, where we arrived on Tuesday night. I experienced no3 seasickness of any account, and therefore enjoyed the trip exceedingly. We had a beautiful moon with us all the way each night, and at times the scene was magical. Our good friends, Mr. and4 Mrs. Severance, Mr. Pillsbury (brother of Parker),5 Mr. Dodge, and a number of others were there to give me a warm welcome to the shores of Carolina. The next day we went in the steamer Delaware to Savannah, and passed by Fort Pulaski and many other objects of interest, and saw the remains of the formidable obstructions placed in the Savannah river to keep our war vessels at bay. We found carriages waiting for us on our arrival, and went through the principal streets of Savannah, which is a city of mingled gentility and squalor, but entirely dead in regard to all business affairs. Thursday evening we left Hilton Head6 in the Arago for Charleston, where we arrived at daybreak, outside of the bar. At 11 we left for Fort Sumter, and got there a7 little after 12. A large concourse present. The exercises of


1 The pressure of official business compelled him to relinquish the trip, most fortunately, as it proved.

2 G. T. Garrison.

3 April 11.

4 T. C. and C. M. Severance, Gilbert Pillsbury, J. G. Dodge.

5 Mr. Severance was Collector of the Port at Hilton Head. Mr. Pillsbury soon afterwards became the Republican Mayor of Charleston.

6 April 13.

7 April 14.

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