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2nd New Jersey Infantry Letter – Stationed in Washington D.C. May 9th, 1861 – Written on Amazing Patriotic Stationery Showing the US Capitol – Read His Description of the White House & the Treatment of Blacks!
This 4-page letter in ink is written on paper with the “View of Washington City” at the top published by W. H. & C. H. Morrison. While there are several patriotic sheets with views of the capitol, Morrison’s view takes up one half of the first page! By far the highest quality and only the second we have seen in 50 plus years.

Here are some of the great lines:

• “…there are great numbers of colored people free and slave here. I have seen them also in Maryland. I wonder why every Negro at the North don’t come South to live. Here they are treated like fellow creatures and fellow Christians. No such absurd prejudices exist against them here as at the North. With us they poor creatures are not permitted to ride in the same car or stage with whites. There is no such miserable exclusion here. Then again the colored people here are more intelligent and cultivated than with us. This I attribute to their familiar & constant intercourse with the superior white race.”

• “The New Jersey Troops have received the applause and encomiums of many in Washington for the comparative completeness of their equipments and discipline. On Tuesday the whole of our Brigade numbering about thirty two hundred men were reviewed by the President and General Scott.”

• “…we were quartered on the second floor of an extensive building, formerly used as a printing establishment. There are about eight men in our Company and all put in the one apartment. We are still like many other of the troops without beds of any description and have to see our repose on the soft places of the floor.”

• “Washington is a curious place. It is regularly laid out and planned as you will perceive by the cut at the head of this letter. Some of the private houses are very fine, but the fine ones are few and far between. You could scarcely find a block in form or equal at all to the very numerous doors in Jersey City, not to say anything about New York. But if the private houses are incomplete and irregular, the public buildings are massive and magnificent. I visited the White House on Tuesday. It was a beautiful morning. It is open for all persons to go in and see the grounds about it and the great reception and anterooms. The grounds are extensive and beautifully laid out. The interior of the house, which is open to visitors, is plainly and tastefully decorated. Nothing gaudy or glittery. The large East room has its walls almost covered with rich mirrors, and so much of the paper as you can see on the walls is rich without being flashy or glaring.”

• “The Potomac is spanned by a great bridge connecting Washington with Virginia, but cross it we cannot. The Virginians do not permit anything to come to Washington across the river. Eggs are five cents a dozen. In Washington they sell for 18 to 25 cents, but the former is not allowed to bring them to us. I was talking to an old Union Henry Clay Whig from the adjoining county of Fairfax, Virginia. He told me butter was fifteen to eighteen cents per pound over there, and the same day in Washington it was selling for fifty cents per pound, but he could not bring it over to this side.”


The letter is very easy to read, written in nice dark ink. Separation at the folds have been reinforced with acid free document tape. A truly spectacular letter!

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