Col. Jny 7 1864
I have looked into every nook and cranny of Columbia that looked anything like scissors in search for a pair for you and I can not find a pr. even as good and as large as the ones you have. I will still keep an eye out & if I see any will be certain to get them for you.
I think the property heretofore spoken of would bring over 4500$ in this market now. Property is very high. I suppose there is a fear of the money.
It has been cold ever since I came down. It is freezing here today. I can’t see what the poor do. Wood is 35$ a load. I tell you fires are small. Apples are 25 to 50 c. each. Eggs 2.00 dz. And other things about the same. We are all very well and Fanny can talk more than Zona and you know that is no little. Pinck poor little fellow I know you miss him & he must be well cared for indeed if he does not miss you. The cars run off the track the day after I came down from Union and smashed up generally. I am glad Pinck & I was not on it.
There is no news here, rather a gloomy feeling in regard to the war. I hope the tories will leave you alone.
My Love to all.
(received by Cornelia Henry from “Harrie” January 15, 1864)
Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).