could not last. more than till spring that the south would be starved out in that time but the show is mighty Poor now for starving them two terms, But enough of this it almost makes me sick to think of it. ----this is Christmas eve I suppose you will have great time with you but every night is the some with us. Well I hope this war will soon be over and then I can come and see you all how I wish it was to night---well Samuel I hear that you have joined the sons of Jim ---and I am Rejoiced to hear in and I hope and Pray that you may have strength to keep your well formed resolution I see the effects of [illegible] over here every day but my Papper is full, give my love to your wife and write soon from your brother, P.S. Bradbury