ALS signed “Jno. S. Mosby,” one page, 5 x 8, November 1, 1899. Letter to "Alice," in part: "I was very glad to get your letter today—by the same mail came one from Willie Chapman who is in Covington—he will return here in time to go on the Coptic that sails for Hong Kong Dec: 13th. He spoke very nicely about you & that he had mentioned to you my desire for him to bring you back with him—Will you come? I think you must be mistaken about the railroads not giving excursion rates to Front Royal. Ben Palmer wrote me that they w[oul]d give half rates. I am very sorry you were not there—I w'd like for you to have met with my Yankee friend Day—he seemed charmed by his visit. Yesterday I sent a letter to the Richmond Times in answer to that part of Major Richard’s address that referred to General Grant—It will appear on Sunday, Nov: 12th. The Yankees used to call me Fra Diavolo—who was a robber. Fra Diavolo is one of my favorite operas—I went to hear it sung a few days ago. So in my article there is a quotation from a song, in it wh. you will recognize if you are familiar with the opera. I had a very narrow plank to walk on—to defend Genl. Grant without saying anything to wound Richards. It was like crossing Niagara on a slack rope—but I think I crossed. I have rec'd a letter from Edith Moore telling me that she was going to be married, & cards of invitation to her wedding. I can’t tell now about my being at the next re-union. It has been nearly two years since I left Va." In fine condition, with a split to the end of the central horizontal fold.
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