Oak Grove October 11 1862
My dear little grand daughter
I received your note in Rob’s letter a few days ago and was glad to know, that you had not forgotten me entirely. I did not get the letters from the boys until some time after they were written. As I was compelled to leave the course house, on account of sickness, I have had a very severe spell of my old complaint the soar throat. But am still among the living. I was very sorry to hear of the boys leaving to the army. Without coming by to see me. I suppose though I will have to excuse Richard (isnt that a sweet name) under the circumstances, as his time was limited and as a matter of course there were much greater attractions for him in the vicinity from which he left, than there posably could be in this neighborhood. Poor boy. I can simperthise with him I would liked to have been at your house when they started. but I expect the separation of two of that company was of so painful a nature, that it would have made me feel very badly indeed to witness it. I often think of Dick & some times imagine, I can see him setting by some one, in a door near the Blue Ridge. Dont understand me to mean any particular one, you know persons will have unaccountable imaginations some time. I have had a lovely time since I came home. The neighborhood appears more dull than usual, from the fact of my leaving such a lively crew behind. I would like very much to spend another happy time as we had together in Swisa & Albemarle. What is the news in Souisa. Has Rob & Miss Early appointed the day for their marriage. Tell him he must let me wait on him. I received a letter from Pink yesterday. He said that they were all well in Albemarle & that, Edd had received a wound but not serious He thinks his arm will soon be well & intended returning to the army in a few days. He said that Cousin Sallie had not gotten. Ask her if she saw anyone cry when Dick left. Excuse me, I did not say any thing. Often fate has separated some one else, (as you said about me in your note) and caused them to bid farwell & wipe their weeping eyes. You say you have whipping in the store for me, I had some idea of coming over in a few days, but you must let me know, what you are going to whip me about, & how many licks you will give me before I can venture over Tell Miss Mollie she must keep the bees alive I want some more honey, and must have it very soon. Give my vest respects to her I must close, as I know I have tested your patience in reading this scriberling of mine. You must not look for mistakes or punctuation as I did not see narer punctuation nor sinxnary in my a b ab book. Please write me a long letter and give me all the news I knew you will write to the boys old man very soon. Give my best love to all of the family & also to Cousin Floural. Sister sends her best love to all & she says Dixie does the same. Do not let any one see letter if you please. Direct your letter to Rosie Ann. Good bye, I remain your affectionate Grand Papa
John W. Dunn
P.S. to see this foolishness she would be made and Aunt Jane would like it either. So you must not let them know what the heading of this is.