Home Oct. 18th 1863
Mr A. W. Feemster
My Dear Dear Husband
Last Wednsday evening I sent Dr. Franklin $20 to pay for my homespun dresses (he paid for them when they were left there) & he sent me your welcome letter of Oct 10th. I would have replied sooner but did not see Pa until yesterday; as I have been at Hallie's since last Tuesday was a week ago until last night. I staid first on account of the meeting & then for company for H. while John was gone to Mobile; he started Monday morn. & returned Thursday eve. Brought Mattie & me an orange apiece; they cost $1.00 apiece. They are very comfortably situated - seem very happy. I enjoyed my visit there very much. I never hinted anything about going there i.e. to Selma to live; to Pa, until yesterday he doesn't approve of it; as I expected says we can't make anything by it I told him I didn't expect that, but if we could clear expenses it was all I cared for; that I felt that it would be pleasant; he said he didn't think it would be very pleasant, to live, as I proposed - that I would have to stick down in some dirty little hut in a strange place - nobody would care to form my acquaintance but some of the lowest class & that they would consider me their equals & thus annoy me. &c. He has no Wheat to spare; not enough for himself if they use it liberally. He cannot appreciate our feelings in wishing to be united for he knows nothing of reciprocity of sentiment or feeling that which constitutes domestic bliss.
I do not feel that I had spent the Sabbath profitably for sometime past - again goodbye. May we meet soon is the fond wish of your devoted wife.