Capt. Zebulon Lee Crayne
have to agree with your mother in law. Too much would be made of our own youthful
romance, innocent though it was.
must to think of yourself and your children. It wouldn’t be right to
deny them the opportunites they have only through the Nelsons. And I’d hate to
think of you in dire circumstances.
only wish I’d been more of a man and convinced you to elope with me in the
first place. Just like we’d wanted to. But I was young
and stupid and scared of loosing my commision, placing my own wants and needs
ahead of yours, something I’ve spent my whole life bitterly regretting, letting
you get pressured into marrying Nelson.
will always be there for you, no matter what you decide, but marriage is out of
the question as my wounds have rendered any husbandly duties impossible.