POW writes mother from Elmira Prison
Sept. 23, 1864
Member of Series
Robert Collins was 26 years old when this was written.
It was written 156 years, 6 months, 24 days ago.
It was a Friday.
I seated my sealf to inform you that I am well at preasant. I recive your letter a few days ago. I was glad to heare that you were all well. Richard is well. I want you to send me and Richard a heavy blanket or quilt a piece if you pleas, for it is mutch colder than in Tennessee. Tell Uncle Garnett howdy for me. Give my best respects to all the family. I mus bring my letter to a close. Thou effectionate son.
Rob B. Collins
Direct your letter to Barrax No. 3, Ward 51, care of Major Colt.
Mr. R. B. Collins
*Some punctuation added to facilitate reading.