Charlotte R. Robinson to Bennett Taylor

My dearest Nephew,

Mrs Emley & myself returned from Washington last night. Gen. Hancock who is the principal person there for the arrangement of the exchange of prisoners promised us, to have you, & Lieut: Moncure, sent from Johnsons Island amongst the first that are now to leave. I am sorry I could not go, when I first thought of it, but Mrs Emley was sick, & I was afraid, I would not be successful without her. My only experience in asking a favour, was treated so rudely, two years ago, by Gen Cadwalader, that I dreaded it a little, but I found Gen. Hancock, a courtious, kind gentleman, It was not much of a favour, to ask as the general exchange is going on, but still I was most grateful to him for his kind manner. He took your names, & regiments & said he saw no difficulty in the way of having it done, so I hope you will not remain long in your comfortable quarters as they are considered in New York. Edmund is here & says that he has been endeavouring to get an especial exchange for you, but his friends expressed surprise that we should wish it. My affectionate regards to Lieut Moncure & say to him I hope some day to make his acquaintance. We are sorry to part with both of you. His letters & photograph have made us very fond of him. Mrs Emley was as sweet & kind as usual. I told her I would not thank her. She will have sufficient reward for all the good she has done, by the thousands that will surround her in heaven. I send you a check. Write as soon as you receive this—God bless you & preserve you my own dearest Boy. Tell them at home to write to me by “Flag of truce” A great many receive letters very regularly in that way. I wrote to Brother John by Mrs Bledsoe a week ago. Your Aunt

C R Robinson

[. . .] Your Uncle Edmund & Agnes send much love

RC (photocopy in ViU: Bennett Taylor Papers); at head of text: “I send [4?] stamps.”
Author
Charlotte R. Robinson
Recipient
Bennett Taylor
Date Range
Date
March 4, 1865 to March 7, 1865