Paper (open): 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Wednesday, March 4th, 1862
Last night I received Eliza’s letter and the Times—thank father for the last. I am always glad to get any thing nowadays . . . Miss Pratt & I are superintending the cleaning of our ward this week. We have four contrabands to do it. You know though how much work they do.
This morning while I was showing Charlotte Bet how to clean a window I noticed a
man—not in uniform—looking in the door . . . He said he wanted to see the girl in there! pointing to where Charlotte Bet was—as she belonged to his brother in law and he wanted to take her back with him. Mrs. G asked C if she wanted to go ‘I guess no missus’ . . . the Order from the Government was that no slave should be sent or taken out of the military lines unless they wished to go. The man then went off quick enough . . .
With much love
Your affectionate daughter
Sarah R. Blunt
New-York Historical Society Library
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