"Wear Breckenridge next your heart"
George Ann [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My friend George Ann is so prone to poetical fancy. Her opening lines are an adaptation of lines from a poem by Clarke McDonald, "Death in Disguise." Her quotation from Robert Burns's poem "Man Was Made to Mourn" is not as effective in summing up her eighteen years of life as it does the eighty years of the original poem's speaker! But I understand her sadness, we live in such uncertain times, it seems to permeate everything. I'm pretty sure, however, her depression is over the fact that she has no beaus.
It is impossible to avoid mentioning politics. I'm not surprised that George Ann brought up the election. She's right that I support Democracy, and it's obvious that George Ann backs John C. Breckinridge, the Southern Democratic candidate.
George Ann still attends my old school in Liberty, in Bedford County. I miss those girls so much sometimes, even though I love being at Hollins Institute. I'm jealous that George Ann is so cozy and cared for by Aunt Mandy. Mandy is the house servant in charge of the girls' rooms. She is just the dearest old thing and took care of us like a mother hen.