Elmira, N.Y., May 17th, 1861. To the Ladies of Hamilton: Your gift was received yesterday, and received with a good round of cheers, I assure you. Just previous to their arrival, we received the kind letter which you sent us, and I read it to the company assembled around the stove in the rough barracks, eager to hear anything from those at home whose sympathy they are con- fident of participating in. In three or four instances since we left Hamil- ton, have we found it necessary to throw to the breeze the beautiful banner which you presented us, to keep the company together. Your letter, followed so closely by four barrels full of solid "sympathy," will do more to keep the peace and preserve order for three or four days, than so many barrels of "army regulations" would. The butter and shirts were acceptable especially. "The rations" do not include butter, and the latter on account of the delay of the military departments in getting our uniforms, were ab- solutely indespensable. The cakes are con- sidered to be luxuries which are not to be lightly spoken of by anybody. But we value the moral influence of your gift still more highly than its tangible effects. Immediately after your letter was read and duly "cheered and tigered" (by the way, the cakes have since been "tigered," though they were cheered on their arrival) I was deputized to write a letter thanking the ladies of Hamilton, on the part of the company. By this imperfect note I have endeavored to comply with their re- quest, at the same time feeling as I write, ex- ceedingly thankful, for a certain large cake which has been received, and solemnly disposed of by the captain of the aforesaid company. Ladies of Hamilton, accept our thanks. You will not be forgotten by us, and we hope still in the future to occupy a niche in your memory. GEORGE ARROWSMITH In behalf of Company D.
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