Civil War Letters of James Henry Lauriston Hull
Office of G. Iron Works
Anderson Co., Texas
My Dear Father,
Your anxiously looked for, kind letter has been received & read with delight & though I hasten to … yet I hope under the smiles of … Providence to outstrip these lives to their destiny … to leave here Saturday the 3rd and … early as I could have … started. I will mail … noon & it should reach you by Monday or Tuesday. I am blest with very good luck & a peaceful mind.
There is nothing worthy of … in this corner of the Confederate States. No weddings; one death though lately. Mrs. Ayres, … Miller’s sister, she died suddenly of “choking quinsy.” She had given her son, just starting to the Army, a party, and the next day started with him and accompanied him as far as Magnolia & was meeting & on the road at Mound Prairie took sick & died!! Oh the mysterious workings of Divine Providence. We know not the hour of our end & it continually behooves us to live as living to Death on Earty daily & to life everlasting in heaven—may the chasteness of … & the giver of all good gifts, keep us as in the hold of His hand, giving sufficient as to help in times of need & enable us in the end to obtain that “pearl of Great Prize.”
Your devoted son
J. H. L. Hull