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Letter from Dr. Mary E. Walker.

--We have received the following letter from Dr. Mary E. Walker, prisoner of war in Castle Thunder. The utter ignorance of our reporter with reference to the "physiological" adaptation of ladies' dresses must be urged as his excuse for the grave mistake complained of by the fair writer — the scientific and physiological bloomer who, like an unfortunate exotic, blooms solitary and out of place in our inhospitable latitude:


Castle Thunder, Richmond, April 21st, 1864.
Editor of Richmond Dispatch:

Sir
--Will you please correct the statement you made in this morning's Dispatch, in regard to my being "dressed in male attire." As such is not the case simple justice demands a correction.

I am attired in what is usually called the "bloomer" or "reform dress, " which is similar to other ladies', with the exception of its being shorter and more physiological than long dresses.

Yours, etc., etc.,

Mary E. Walker, M. D.,
52d Ohio Vols, U. S. A.

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