Letter from J. R. Barclift, dated May 4th, 1898. This letter was delivered to the addressee John A. Church, having been thrown from a moving troop train - Without Postage, during the Spanish American War. Barclift was enroute to Camp Dodge at Littlerock. He was a member of Company D, First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted in Fort Smith on May 2, 1898. ( The stationery has the Letterhead of ‘M. S. A. Club, Sixth F and Seventh Sts., Ft Smith, Ark.’)
Hand written on the Envelope: The finder will please Deliver this letter to: J. A. Church, Ozark, Ark. Many thanks to the party that exercises request. This letter was then thrown upon the station platform as the train passed through Ozark. It was indeed found and delivered.
May 4th, 1898.
Mr J. A. Church & Family, Relatives and Friends.
I inlisted as a voluntier in Club D.3. May the 2. John please Take bud to the sport field and trein him on the comands or get Jamis Yarbrough to look after him. I am on my way to Little Rock, may bee home in a few days but still I may never return. Tell all of relitaves, acquaintances and friends good by.
With love and best regards to all I remain as ever. J. R. Barclift.
P.S. Excuse bad wrighting as this was wrote on a speedie train.
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