My dear Mr. Hubbard,
I so wish that we could hear from you – and if this reaches you won’t you please write soon. I am afraid that it will not for harry is away and I do not know that I have your address. I do not feel like writing more for this may never reach you, but if it ever does be assured that it is free of loss and sympathy.
From your true friend, Lara A. Bridgman
Lara A. Bridgman to Thomas H. Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
New York No. 4 West 39th St.
My dear friend.
To convince you how utterly impossible it is that my affection for you should diminish even for an instant – I sit down to answer your welcome letter the moment it is read.
You have frightened me by writing that “raids are being made almost daily on both sides.” We have felt so comfortably about you while you were in Washington that I hoped you would stay there until you came home – Oh dear! Don’t get shot!
Friend [illegible name] to Thomas Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
Head Quarters at 1st Brigade and Casey’s Div. Chantilly, Virginia
We left camp at Arlington Heights on Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock, were joined by the 27th [?] at a junction of the roads about seven miles out, went on some eight miles further and camped just beyond Fairfax Court House for the night. Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock was a brisk start and marching on some for miles further to Chantilly, our present abiding place. [...]
Thomas H. Hubbard to his father, John Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
“To err is human, to forgive is divine!”
Again I must write, Mr. Hubbard, but this time to extend my heart-felt thanks for your kindness in executing my wishes, and those considerate expressions of sympathy. Let me assure you with all possible earnestness that I have implicit confidence in your honor and accordingly the same amount of faith in the language of your last. After our rather uncharitable opinion of, and expressions to each other, this sympathy from you was not expected but that only makes it the more thoroughly appreciated.
Very respectfully yours
Mollie B. Stuart
Mollie B. Stuart to Thomas H. Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
I am sure, Mr. Hubbard, you will readily excuse my silence when you understand the causes. I think I wrote you that Father and Lillie were sick, Lillie improved temporarily, but Father was quite sick for several weeks, as soon as he was able to [dress?] I went with him to Phila. We had been there only two weeks when we were summoned home by my little Lillie’s death. She had been an invalid for nearly eleven years with Consumption but her death was sudden still. The last wish of her life, she suffered immensely, but throughout she was patient and happy trusting in “Jesus who died for her.” I am only sorry I could not have been with her at the last. We cannot regret her death for it was a blessed release to the little sufferer. [...]
Lucy A. Charnley to Thomas H. Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
My dear Hubbard.
Yours of the 4th inst. is this moment recd. and I hasten to respond. I am very glad that you like the photographs as a picture, if not as a likeness. I am certain you would think this original a good likeness. [...] About all of Mrs. Bridgman’s friends who have seen the picture are very much pleased with it. [...]
Don’t imagine New Haven a safe place from Rebel [don] clads, for if they once get into the sound they will make at once for that nest of “fanatics” remembering the “Silliman letter,” and there is nothing to dispute their entrance – I am going there out of patriotism to help defend the city! As you say, it will be a good place to start from for our summer excursions – Our plans so far as developed are to start early in July – after the expiration of the tour of service of the 25th Maine Regt. – for Maine – where we shall be joined by Ben. and Belle Page, and we trust Adjt. Hubbard – and proceed to Moosehead Lake where we propose to have a good time! Further than this our plans are undeveloped. [...]
W.H. Bridgman to Thomas Hamlin Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]