Cyrus Byington Letter November 3, 1865 Transcript

Belphre
Nov 3rd 1865

My Dear Parents,

You will no doubt wonder why I do not come, I wrote you some time since that I lost my trunk in the City of Cincinnati containing all my clothes together with many things that I had bought to take home to Eliza.  Since that I have been trying to get something for it as the loss of it would about break me up.  You cannot imagine how I have felt at this loss and unexpected delay.  I would have been with you three months ago but God in his providence has seen proper to detain me.  I have just seen your letter to Aunt Revena and Uncle dated Oct 10th.  Although I am not thrilled with my lawsuit about my trunk I feel like I ought to start at once and go to your relief.

You speak of dear Father’s illness.  May we all live to meet again on earth.  I have lost much by the war.  Men here in the North have grown rich.  I have letters now with me for you from different ones also a valuable box sent to you by Lucy.  Oh how extremely anxious I am to get off I cannot rest with ease as I think of  you.  I hope Eliza is well.  I hope she will write to you often.  This separation from my wife has been a severe trial.  I hope in future we can live together.  I intend to start about the 20th of this month and if we all live I intend to eat my Christmas dinner with you and my wife.

I hope you will write to her and cheer her up with the hope of seeming me soon.  Aunt Rebecca and Becca have returned from their visit East. I have much I would like to tell you but shall have to wait until I get home.  Lucy has gone to Mariette and will be home this eve.

The family are all well.  I will have their photographs with me when I come.  The children all go to school except the two youngest – Lillie and Charlie.  Six children now living two are dead.  Sophie and Fannie take lessons on the piano and expect to take part in a concert to be given by the music class soon.  I shall go to Washington and from then go to the factory on the Little Missouri.  If you get this please let Eliza know that I am coming to the Factory just as soon as I reach Washington I will drop you a line and have some one come down with the horse and little wagon as I shall have the box and trunk provided I can get them hauled to W—from Little Rock.  Also send love from your affectionate son Cyrus.