Two entertaining ALSs, each 1 page, first dated June 25, 1860, each being a lengthy postscript on a letter from Dr. E.J. Elridge, a family friend staying with Bryan & writing to his fiance in Philadelphia. Maj. Bryan writes (in part): "Your Doctor my dear Emma has given me a blank page of his letter to write you. I don't think you deserve a letter from me, but, as you were honest ehough to admit the truth of my letter to your mother, I suppose I must look over your want of attention to your cracker prince in S.W. Georgia and congratulate you that your lover has passed thro the gauntlet of your relatives criticisms and with credit to himself, and to your taste. By-the-by tho you have never heard my opinion of the man to your mother I wrote
[of] his character and what I believed him to be, but to those little things which make up woman's and man's happiness I said nothing. Sometime when I am in a better humour with you...when you are Mrs. E....I will teach you how to control him,"
etc. The 2nd ALS is another lengthy postscript dated Oct. 25, 1860 and which says (in part): "Your Dr. is scarce of ideas tonight as he has been on Drill all day, military science, and the glitter of his uniform has entirely deprived him of the little mind that his love for you has left him and as he is unwilling to pay 3cts on a letter without it being entirely fat, he called upon me to finish out this sheet of paper,"
etc. The balance of the letter is devoted to suggesting she and the doctor marry soon, and listing the reasons why (this being the "sickly season among the negros"
etc.); small portion of letter is cross-written, including signature, light toning, Fine, first letter is Very Fine, each with original envelope, very scarce, very fine content
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