Raleigh June 4 ‘61
My dear daughter
I snatch a few moments to do what I have been intending for some time which is to invite you & your family to spend the summer with us – my intended trip to the western part of the State is broken up & as we shall stay at home we shall be glad to have you let me know as soon as you can, when I may expect you I am happy to inform you that Frank has resigned his commission in the US Army, we wish him to come here but of course he is the best judge of what he ought to do now – in the winter he was willing to take the ad. Genl place but as the Legislature made it eligible every Leg – his friend advised that he should not accept it – he would have sacrificed a great deal by coming & his wife very much opposed to leaving her aged & infirm Mother, so she wrote me in the winter, all their relatives & property being in St. Louis was also and the very strong indorsement for them to remain there.
I heard from Ma’ this morning, she is as well as usual – We have had such a round of company that I have had not a moment to spare, your Uncle J. Bryan & Mr. Winder left this morn & the latter has been quite sick for two weeks but he has gone to Fort Carwell Your Father & George went to R.F. this morning – Fred left on Monday he staid with me ten days, on furlough, Jimmy Bryan is here now, he has an appointment under Col. Gwyne George came down last week to get a place as Engineer, but has not yet succeeded, altho’ he was very strongly recommended by the first gentlemen in the Convention, Mr. Winders’ father Col Winder has not been provided for as Gov Ellis promised, so he refused to take what he offered & although he is so well qualified he is out of employ, as he resigned to come here, it is a great shame for he is in power, my love to Mr. L & the children
Afftly given Mother – Mary W. Bryan