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    George Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "Ever & 'forever' your devoted husband George". Two pages, 8" x 10", July 19 [1864], written to his young wife containing content on family, finances, and their newborn son. In part: "There are no two consecutive moments of the day that I am not thinking of you. Please darling of my heart, ask them whoever writes to tell me whether the little baby has had its tongue cut and whether it gets its nourishment from its own good Mama. And also to tell me whether my baby still has those miserable pains which she had yesterday. Oh dearest keep quiet like a good sweet Sallie. And you will get well so much sooner. . . . How much money have you still in bank-20,000? Pretty one, I ask because I have just gotten a statement of differences from bank. Anderson-and want to draw out of bank whatever may be necessary for your expenses, before calling on him. . . . I have plenty outside of that (100,000). It is raining gloriously today, and I am in hope the change in the weather will be beneficial to you. Please my own wife let me know of everything about you."

    Civil War General George E. Pickett's letters to his wife, LaSalle Corbell "Sallie" Pickett, often dealt with his concerns for his family and his consuming love for his new bride (his third wife). Pickett and Sallie were married (he was eighteen years older than her) in September 1863. Most of his letters were composed during and following the later years of the Civil War and range from lengthy, elaborate love letters to brief notes hurriedly scribbled on available pieces of paper. Written in pencil on lined paper with marginal nicks, some fairly large with a small amount of text loss. Weakness at the folds, which involves some separation and repairs.


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