In Prison at Lecompton,
Thursday, Nov. 20th 1856.
My Dear Sister:
Late last evening I received your letter dated Oct. 19th. -- just one month ago--the first letter I have received from you for upwards of eight months, although I have written to you quite often the past Summer. I have but little time to write to you, as I have yet to write to Stearn(?), and have now but a few moments at my disposal, for I am Cook--Chief Cook to-day.
We are divided into messes. In mine there are seven of us. I am said to be one of the best cooks in the lot. I'll show you how to do it. We have purchased some dried apples to-day and I am going to try and make some pies. How do you suppose I'll make it, with no eggs sugar, spice, or milk.
You seem to think that there is danger of my being hung. O pshaw, there is no more danger of my hanging than there is of your doing so. Our friends will take us out at any time I say the word. A Regiment, the same one in which I was a Lieutenant, will come to our rescue any night I give the orders. I hesitate only because we may get out some other way, and because a forcible rescue would bring on a terrible winter war, which I do not wish to see. Keep cheerful! I will see you in Bristol.
I have heard nothing from father since he left Bristol for Nebraska. I have received only one letter from him since he came home from California. That was written from Philadelphia. I have been every day expecting him down from Nebraska, and cannot imagine why he does not come. I think he must be sick. Trains come through from Nebraska City every day, and I yet think he will be along with some of them soon.
I am glad that your health has been improved.
I would like to name all the people to whom I would like to send my respects, and would not have the time if I could. I have forgotten the names of two-thirds of the Bristol folk, yet I should know all their faces I think; but do not beleive any of you would know me from Jehu.
I can tell you but a small part of doings here. You probably get a chance to read the "National Era", and in that you will see more than I can tell you here. I am a Regular Correspondent to the Era, and my letters I think will probably be as interesting as direct ones to you.
Tell all my friends that I thank them for their sympathies, and will yet be able to thank them face to face.
Write soon, directing to Topeka, Kansas
I remain, as ever,
Your affectionate brother