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The following letter was found in one of the cast-off haversacks of the flying Yankees, after the battle at Bethel Church:

Dear Brother:
--I have already written four letters this week, but cannot let this opportunity pass without writing a word to you-John has written all the news, so I shall be under the extreme necessity of writing some thing original, which I'll warrant will be interesting. To-night's paper contains news of Col. Ellsworth's death, which does not help much to digest the suppers of people here. There is a great deal of indignation manifested — they all want to start South now Also, we see by last night's papers the death of one of the Bradford boys. We hope and trust there may be no deaths nearer our oica homes. According to the papers to-night, we presume likely there is some funby this time in your vicinity. When you write again, I want you to write whether it is true that two ladies went on with your regiment. I have seen it in several paper, but you know what we see there cannot be relied on,an I whit you write I shall know to be true. I am very sorry you do not get time to write oftener. We hope to hear twice a week, if possible, and once certain.I should like to look into your diary and see what you have got down there Southgate promised to see that you wrote often in it. I kept Lizzie long enough to expose her to the measles. So. if she has them I shall take her here. She has had the croup since she went home. I don't know but I should die of fright, if she should have it here. Our biddys lay first rate. Last week we had 38 eggs. We have had one old henfor dinner.--She was fat as a porpoise. To-day we had front. * * * Yesterday the town voted to raise $2,000 for the support of volunteer families.


May 26, 1861,

We see frequent notices of the Vermont regiment, but it does not satisfy us unless we can see something about W. L. J.

Yesterday a telegram came from White River Junction, saving ‘"we are all on fire — come and help us."’ We went over, and found Latham's and all other shops burned and burning.

There is no business doing, and I think I shall sell out, as I am losing money.

D — n the man that killed Colonel Ellsworth. I should like to chaw him.

Your brother.
J. B. Parker.
To Reuben M Parker,Fortress Monroe Va., Co. A., W. L. J.

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