I always count letters as true treasures.
John Edwards, Sr. was my 3rd great-grandfather. He served for a short period during the Civil War, in Co. G 9th Michigan Infantry.
This letter was written to try and receive an increase to his pension. It is transcribed under the images.
Gentlemen – About three (3) years ago, I made an application for $72.00 (seventy-two dollars) a month. Under disability that I needed the aid of another person and it was granted. Since that time my aflliction has crawled on.
I can neither dress or undress my self. Keep to my bed and big chair all the time.
I surely think I am entitled to the ($90.00) ninty dollars a month.
I have got a big rupture, aboe hte naval as big as a goose egg, which is very painful all the time. Costing me about $5.00 a month for medicine all the time.
My pension certificate no. is 749.884.
John Edwards, Sr.
Dow City, Ia