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Justus W. Ferris to Pendleton Murrah, February 14, 1864

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Justus W. Ferris to Pendleton Murrah, February 1864

wheat crop. We must try to make corn. Barley
was killed by the hard winter[.] And now is the
time to make bread [?] for another year. It seems
to me that as many as are serviceable at home
should be detailed at once[.] You must remember
that our soldiers in the army depend on those at home
for clothing—it now requires much time & labor
to make clothing not only for soldiers but for those
at home—this diminishes the labor in the field[.]

I make these suggestions, because I have
apprehensions of danger & suffering growing out
of neglect of home interests. Please inform
me, as we have not the laws, if provisions are
made for detailing some to remain at home
who are needed absolutely at home; and the
manner of procuring details.

Very Truly Yours
J.W. Ferris

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Justus W. Ferris to Pendleton Murrah, February 14, 1864. Records of Governor Pendleton Murrah, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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