Randolph Macon College Va.
May 1st 1861
Your very kind letter is just received & I hasten to answer it. Have no news of importance to communicate – Received news tonight that some Kentuckians had fired upon some secession troops that were passing through the country – Don’t know whether is is so. I started your books off, but the stage driver left them in Boydton, and now the stage has quit running on that rout. So, I don’t know what to do. I will endeavor to do without any more clothes until I get home. Then, most anything will do. Times are exceedingly hard now. Would advise you (if one so young can take the privilege) to buy up some corn, enough to last you some time. College will not suspend, unless, for want of provisions – they are getting scarce. And all the young men are gone – Luther with them, well I hope them success in their glorious undertaking, though I’m very uneasy about them all – Luther in particular, he is so headstrong. If they have been ordered to Alexandria, they will, undoubtedly, be in the most severe battle between the North & South – namely, at Washington, but, may God, in his mercy, bless them, & prosper them. I’m ready to go whenever they need me, and share their fates. Don’t think they were needed yet. There are several companies in this county which have offered their services to the Gov. but he won’t receive them. Says he had a plenty now. Was Luther at the taking of Harper’s Ferry? Tell me all about him. I owed $5.00 here for books and wood when that $10 came and I had to pay it. I have $5 now, and Col. told me he collected $5 fomr E. Daves today. I owe about $3.00 here now after that is paid, I’ll try to be at no more expense while I’m out here. I don’t know how much it will take to carry me home by Petersburg. Can’t go the other way, as the stage has stopped running. Haven’t heard from Haskins or Moore yet. Think I’ll write to them again tonight. I’m as well as usual. Sorry to hear of your illness. Hope you are well by this. Also, hope that Aunt Susan’s eyes are well. Give my love to all the Family. Receive a portion for yourself. Also, present my respects to the Miss Trevilians and Miss Young. & all enquiring friends. Nothing more.
Your affectionate Son
P.S. If all the mails stop, I think I shall go home. If you can write to Luther, tell him to write to me. I wish very much to hear from him, particularly, after the storming of Washington, if he should happen to be there. For how long a time did he volunteer?