Cyrus Byington Letter July 22, 1865 Transcript

Baltimore, MD
July 22, 1865

My Dear Father

Yours of the 20th alt has just been received and you can only imagine my feelings as my eyes run over the lines.  I felt as if I was near you and mother and home.  The anxiety I have experienced during the last 18 months has made me grow old pretty fast.  I am very sorry my wife went to Texas.  She had better give up and live with you; but perhaps she could not do otherwise under the circumstances.  My expectation and hopes were broken in the loss of our child.  I had anticipated much pleasure in this but I am disappointed.  Perhaps, God has done this for our good.  Mr Penny will attend to my land both in Sevier and Pike Co.  I could not get my deed for the land in Pike recorded as the County Books had been sent off supposing they were not safe there.  I will pay Mr P for all his trouble, time and expense for me and thank him too.

(I send you a few postage stamps only 3cts.  Old Mr Dana died last spring.  I do not know what disposition he made of his property.  Jo Lovell is dead and Sarah his wife is in poor health.  Marge Nye is quite deaf, William Nye is dead.  Oliver Cram and Jacob Cram are both dead and Gus is in the insane asylum.  Reuben Nye is at home.  Things look very much as they were so in Marietta only they have a bridge across the Muskingum instead of a ferry.)

In regard to Eliza, I think she had better remain in Ark until I come on.  I think her Father will move back to Royston as it is the plan to start another factory there as soon as they can receive the machinery and Mr Bell will be needed in the management of it.  He has a good house and some land there and I think this will be his future plan.  I have been making efforts to get pay for these leases are sustained during the occupation of Camden by the Federal troops in 1864 – but so far, have not succeeded.  I have the matter in the hands of a gentleman who has promised me all the assistance necessary.  Mr Bell lost much and so did I.  My horse and other things, were taken, away from me.  Whatever you receive from JPR make use of it for yourself for you will probably need it.  Goods and mails will soon  be as before in the Nation.  Then things will take time but the Postmaster Gen’l is pushing things through as fast as possible.  I came to Baltimore a year ago this month where I have been employed in the Qr Mr office.

My plan for the future is this:

I have already notified the Col. that I will resign soon.  I expect to leave Balto July 27 and reach Belpn the next day where I shall remain a short time.  It is possible owing to some business there that I may not be able to go on before the 1st of Sept.  I say G D Royston Esq of Heampstead County he was very well.  I had written a letter expecting to send by him but he left sooner than I expected.  I shall go to Little Rock from then either to Camden or Washington or to you.  Circumstances will have to govern me to some extent.  Mr Royston thought stages would be running soon so that I could go without any trouble whatever.   As I shall be on so soon it will not be necessary for Eliza to come but to wait till I come.  If mother goes after her and I hear of it, I will go directly to you and meet her there.  She will take good care of my papers.  I anticipated no trouble in that respect and confidently hope all will be for our good.  Miss A T Nye arrived here this morning in company with Becca.  They are going to Philadelphia on a visit.  Uncle Arius is very low.  His health has been bad for sometime and I presume will not live much longer.  I wish mother could make a visit on to Ohio this fall and see him.  I had a letter from Uncle Roderick not long since also one from Uncle Spencer and Cousin Mary.  They are all well and are very anxious about you. Uncle Roderick says he will write just as soon as a way is open.  I have written them from time to time in order that they may know of your welfare.  It does not look as if there had been war in this country.  Everybody seems glad that we have peace now and that the war is over, we all are glad of that.  I am for I want to go home.  It will cost me some thing to get home, now as transportation is so expensive.  Lucy and the children are all well, and want to see you very much.  I shall write every week so you will know of my movements.  Mr Jennings and Mr Garland of Heampstead Co Ark are in Washington City, Albert Pike in N. York.  Peter Howell wrote me some time since asking about his brother Joseph.  All I know is that Eliza Chamberlain wrote me that he died on the day of the 1st Bull Run Battle merely mentioned the fact, without any particulars.  It seems as if could write and write but I must close for the present.  Love to dear mother.  As ever your affectionate son Cyrus