Monday, November 7, 2016

Joseph E. Johnston to Coralie Henry Johnston, December 21, 1890

[Joseph Eggleston Johnston at Washington City to Coralie Henry Johnston at 107 South 1st Street, Richmond, Virginia, December 21, 1890, folder 637, Trigg-Floyd Collection, Special Collections, John Cook Wyllie Library, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), Wise, Virginia. This is my rough transcription.]

My dear Coralie

Don't suppose that you are not dear because I have been treating you ill. I have a detestable habit of procrastination -- which made me postpone replying to your letter from day to day that the weather might become pleasant for travelling. I would love to have you with me of all things and can make you comfortable, although my brother-in-law Ex. Govr. McLane is with me for the winter. So come as soon as you can -- pleasantly. Mr. McLane is a very agreeable gentleman of 70 odd.

Let me know the train by which you come, that I may meet you at the station.

As ever, yours affectionately
J. E. Johnston

[Coralie Henry Johnston (1861-1954); her father, John Warfield Johnston (1818-1889) had died on February 27, 1889, at the age of 70
Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891); his wife Lydia McLane Johnston had died in 1887 at the age of 65 Robert Milligan McLane (1815-1898)]

Many thanks to William Myers, Mary Davy and Sally Young for their ongoing research collaboration.

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