Letter from Asbury Coward to his future wife Elise, June 4, 1856


Letter from Asbury Coward to his future wife Elise, June 4, 1856


Letter from Asbury to his future wife Elise while he is at King's Mountain. He apologizes for not having anything to say because he is so exhausted and promises to write more in his next letter.


A2009.6, Box 2 Folder 1


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Yorkville June 4th 1856

Sweet Elise

Gladly would I borrow your happy thoughts, could I by so doing, give you half the pleasure your letter afforded me. But were I in possession of them, I should failing in my object, from the fact that none but your own sweet words could give them proper expression. I know mine would utterly fail; for they cannot portray my own thoughts to might. In truth dear, I have never been more completely at loss for something to say, since our correspondence has commenced. Though my heart throbs at every thought of you, yet my brain stirs as sluggishly as if it had lain dormant since my infancy. Nor is my body one whit more vigorous. Two consecutive nights of very late sitting up, and an intensely hot and sultry day, have left me to night completely exhausted languid, good-for-nothing. I cannot ask you to sympathise with me, as I do not think it possible that you have ever experience similar feelings. I can’t find an easy position for my feet, and my head falls listlessly on the desk.

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My nose almost touches the paper and I am looking cross-eyed along the line. In addition to so much misery, I have to write a long letter to the Old-Buck before retiring. Under all these circumstances, I will have to beg you to excuse me until my next. Mr. Gibson will go to Chester next Sunday, and I will have an opportunity of writing a long letter. - Dr. Jenkins is now in Charleston where he is gone to bring up his wife’s Mother and Sisters. They will probably spend the whole Summer up here. Jenkins will go to Orangeburg on Friday. It is his only chance for seeking Miss Carrie until the night he marries. Don’t you think he is excusable?

Give my love to all, and plenty of [illegible] to dear Florence.

Yours devotedly


Coward, Asbury, 1835-1925, “Letter from Asbury Coward to his future wife Elise, June 4, 1856,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 13, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1576.