United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Luther Barnett--Correspondence
No 4 Fort Hamilton May 20.th 1863 Dear Wife: Your Sunday letter came promptly to hand this morning. Your complaint of my not writing twice last week was answered I suspect on Monday quite satisfactorily. To put at rest all your fears in reference to my selling the house, you can say that it is not for sale as long as your father chooses to accept it. That is, if my wishes are to be consulted. *Mrs Kimball* was over on Friday or Saturday. She inquired very kindly concerning you and Mary and expressed great regret at not being able to come over to see you before you left. *Col.* Burke has also charged me to send his kind regards to you and Mary. *Mrs* Lay is well, but the Capt. is not, tho she is ignorant of the fact I suppose. *Mr Coates* came back yesterday on sick leave. He has not been sick long, but *is pulled down so* that I could not recognize him across the parade. His account of the operation of the army was very interesting. Maj. Smith is not much respected and the officers will be glad to get rid of him in any way. There was some talk of signing a request that he give up his command or resign. He will do the latter undoubtedly, as he was very anxious to get the appointment of which I wrote in my last. I have not seen any of the Vanderpools since I wrote, but must *call soon* I hear they have rented their house and are going away. I met the *Stampers* in the fort a few mornings *since* but got no news from them. All are likely to have a *row* about the *cell mate* which I have surrendered to the chaplain. *Mc Elrath* has assigned it to Stacey, who says he only wants the front room. The Chaplain thanked me very warmly for giving it up to *him* this morning. Knowing the impending row, I felt like a *swindler*, but opened not my mouth about the trouble ahead, *protesting* all the while, however, that I *have done* nothing worthy of thanks. I find the *boxes* went by *Adams Express* instead of the *Cin. Ex.* + will cost five cent more than I intended they should. Send me the amount of expressage and let me know in what condition they arrive. I hope you will not receive them if not in good condition, especially the one containing the machine. If that is not broken, there is nothing in it, that will be injured. Who is this *Mr* Miller who is coming to Dayton. If he is *very small* I know him very well. Mary might ask him if he knew me; he would probably take more interest in her if he knew she was anything to me. Tell her I'll send an equal quantity of love, if not more, as soon as her *box* arrives. - Tell Frank that I was very glad to receive his *shrub* + would *wish* very much to be in Dayton so that I could take them out of his own hand or Sella's *either*. Love + kisses to the children. Thine as ever L.B.B.
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters, Wellesley College Library, Special Collections