Raleigh Oct 22nd 1864
Yours from City Point reached me safely, although that from Bermuda Hundreds did not come to hand. We all rejoiced over it & praised & blessed God for your safety. He has mercifully preserved you through so many dangers, devote yourself to His service at all times & in all places. Your Father is at his country home. I have appointed no time for leaving for I am enjoying myself & I have gained 3 & 1/2 lbs. by weight. The Genl. cannot put his foot to the floor yet & is a great sufferer at times. He now desires company & we all read aloud to him by turns. Yr sister is very kind in reading to him. Mr Thos Branch has rented Dr. Richard Haywood’s house & is moving in. Mr. Henry Brian has rented the one your Uncle occupies & yr Uncle has determined to return to the country. It is his fault for he would not secure it when it was offered to him. Old Mr. Sheppard has died recently & also Judge Donnell. Mary Mason is to assist us in making a burl frame for yr portrait. It is a great comfort to me to look at it. The Devereux are well. Annie is with us very often. George is really gaining strength at last. The others well. I sent up letters to yr Father to gladden his heart. He missed you sadly. All send heart felt love. Confer with my friends if possible & let me know who are still living if you can. Would that I could write more.
Most affectionately & devotedly
Source: W.H.C. Burgwyn Papers, State Archives of North Carolina and found on www.ncecho.org