June the 16 1864
Dear husband I cant get no person to cut my wheat the men says that they dont know what will be don with the wheat for there aint men to cut it and if I dont get Mine cut me and the children will be bound to suffer I would like for you to show this to your Capt and tell him if he pleases to let you come home a few days the first of July to take Care of it for me I have about 8 bushels sowed and no person to cut a straw of it it rains so much that we cant get to work the corn scearsley and the Mare has had the distemper and scurvey but is better now I had her bled and I want to know what to do with hink Must I kill her this fall I hav tried to swap her for a cow that gives Milk and I cant I dont get a drop of milk and I haint got but a few pounds of meat times is very hard hear and I am afraid that the worst haint come if this Cruil war dont stop I would rather know that peace was Made than to own Mcdowell County it would be moor satisfaction I haint got no money I sent 30 dollars off by Higgins to get new money and I haint got it yet and no person haint paid me that was owing you and I dont know what I will do Come if they will let you
M.A.E. Poteet to F.M. Poteet
God bless you
Remember me in love and I will you Farewell dear Francis
Source: Poteet-Dickson Letters, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh and found on http://www.ncecho.org.