|dc.description.transcription||White OakOct 8, 1868.
Dear Friend Add,I read a letter from you several days since, but owing to there being no opportunity of sending to the office I have delayed answering until this time. I can’t promise much being very unwell. I am suffering with neuralgiawith which I have been annoyed occasionally ever since I left B. ‘Tis the most torturing pain I ever suffered. I am doing almost nothing in the way of studying nearly all my time is consumed inother things, you know Add, how it is when one is at home, there are too many things that claim a share of his time. Yet I hope to be able to accomplish something this winter. I am glad to hear that Ran was able to return to school. I feel a partial compensation for my own misfortune in knowing that such a friend as Ran is, is not so unfortunate as myself. I must submit to the ___of poverty. I am half disposed to murmurat the dispensation of Gods favors, they do sometimes seem unfair, unwise and unjust. I am afraid I am not one of that kind of whom it was said “Throw him into the Nileand he will come up with a fish in his mouth.” I do not believe I can turn even a calamity to an advantage. Add I suppose you have heard that Sulphur Springs was garrisoned with about 1800 troops, perhaps you cannot see the necessity for so many soldiers at such a place, there is no need of them, but here is the point, the troops would havevoted the demonictickets had they been in any states which would be granted the glorious privilege of voting. Mr. Grant is generalissimo, he has sent these troops out of Lo. Thesethings show how void of principles Grant and his party are. I am pleased to hear of the flattering auspices under which the school has opened. But Add when we consider Mr. Carlton’s merits ‘tis no more than we ought and have reason to expect.Add I hoped you would get out of the primary department I now have an idea how tired you get of the trem___stock. It is to be hoped that sizing the pile you will have a more select lot of girls at Mr. C this session. How is Jesse and Dick getting along now? I have been trying to persuade Pa to move to B. but have despaired of success. I now regard him as a “fixture” here where intelligence is regarded as a work of demerit. I know it is to his interest. Add a fair will begin at Mt Vernon on the 13, people are manifesting considerable interest in it. Fair grounds are being prepared, several of our family acquaintances are coming up from Rusk Co. to attend. I will send you a circular. An address will be delivered by Mr. Wascom, President of the Shreveport and Marshall R.R.Since Ran has got so near Miss Ella and is with so much good company I suppose he has forgotten me as I have not recd a line from him for more than a month. Give my love to Mr. Carltons family. Your friend, John V.||