Wickliffe Yulee to his Father
Homosassa Apl. 10, 1864
My dear father
It has been a long time since I have written to you but I really cannot persuade myself to follow your suggestion, because I do not like to use your valuable time with any dry observations of mine. The captain of the vessel to which those sailors that mother wrote you of belonged, tried to get in here with his vessel but getting aground and the Yankees heaving in sight he burnt her and escaped to shore on a hatch, landing on Shell Island and not knowing anything about the country he started off at random and after going through the marsh for five days with nothing to eat but palmetto and prickly pears, arrived at Crystal river.
Little more than a week ago while I was walking about the
Island I thoutlessly[sic] set the dogs on nothing; they disappeared, and I
walking along slowly came upon them and was much distressed at findind[sic]
them with ewe down. We sent them up to the plantation, they stayed there for a
few days but one day Secesh followed me down here, we then thought of trying to
cure her, so we tied her to an old ram and also tied up her mouth so that she
could not bite him and then let them loose, at first the ram ran but findind[sic]
that he was tied to Secesh he turned around and commenced to but, this sport to
us was continued all that evening and the next, since that time she has not
offered to touch any of the sheep. The sheep that they wounded did not die but
another one that was bitten by a snake has. We have four lambs, three white and
a black. The
P.S. You will be sorry to hear that Pedro also was snake bitten and died. W.Y.
Blossom has a fine horse cott. Wick says give it to him.