Charlestown, Va: Nov Dec 3 rd / 59
My Dear Friend.
Having got nearly well of my wounds, I will try and write you a few lines, hoping, that I am not forgotten although in prison, for Murder Treeson & other charges. I do not feel guilty in the least, for I know, if I know, anything, that there was no evil intention in my heart. I thought I should be able to do, more good for the world, in this way, than I could do in any other. I may have erred, as to the best way, but I think every thing will turn out for the best in the end.
I doo not expect to be tried, untill next Spring, when I expect I shall be hung, as I think, all the rest will, Slavory: demands that we should hang for its protection, and we will meet it willingly, knowing that God is Just, and is over all.
There seems to be no mercy, for those who are willing, to help those who have none to help them.
My heart, feel's like bleeding, to think, how many thousand's, are worse off. in this land, than I am now. Oh that I could see this country free, I would give a thousand lives if I had them to give. When I say free I mean both
north and south.
O, how I wish I could here you play & sing, some of those sweet songs. once more, but I suppose I shall have to wate untill we meet in the spirit land.
What joy there is in feeling, that we shall meet a our friend's, sooner or later in a world better than this, that is: where the chances off dooing good, are better than here.
I will not write any more at present, for fear that I am intruding upon your time & patience.
Remember me to Mr. & Mrs. Lindsley and family, & give the little one a few sweet kisses for me. She is such sweet little girl, how I should like to see her!
If you will write me a few lines, in answer to this, you will confer, a grate favor on one of your [warmest] friends, & well-wishers.
Also remember me to Wellthy, Alvi: & all enquiring friends.
Yours, for the good of all mankind.
P.S. If you write, direct to Capt. Avis, Jailor.
Charlestown, Va --