|Contributed by Jeanette Ritenour of Fort Valley. See Addison's love letters, contributed by Margaret Miotto of Charlotte, NC, to Anna Rececca Cullers at Ancestry.com in tree TARMAN2 owned by Rosalie O'Flaherty.|
“The first love letter we have that Addison wrote to Anna was dated Dec 16, 1849. It was not the first he wrote to her. He mentions having written to her before in this letter, saying he told her in his last letter that he wouldn’t write to her again if she did not answer, but changed his mind.
Addison wrote to her for about 4 1/2 years before she consented to marry him. His patience and persistence testifies to how dearly he loved her, and how unwavering he was in his purpose to win her.”
Only one complete example of his letters will be given as it occurred two weeks before their marriage and reflects our family connections and also shows his strong feelings for Anna. Our Mary (Ross) Cullers had already died Apr 10,1853. Mary Jane O’Flaherty was 9 months old at the time; wonder if she came to visit Mary (Ritenour) Munch too?
“Dry Run, Va. Dec 1, 1953
My Dearest Miss Anna,
May the Almighty forever Bless you for your kindness to me — you dearest Darling — there is much that I would wish to say to you — but somehow I have not the heart to say or write what I would wish to say.
O Anna my gratitude to you is unbounded — Today two weeks — we are to be united in the Holy Bands of Wedlock — thanks to you dearest Anna and on Friday we will have to foot it to mother’s as I have no horse — nor am I fixed to keep horses - Indeed I am ashamed that I cant do better — but so it is. But the distance is not so far but that we can easily walk the distance — although it will not look so grand — Yet we need not care for that.
It is mothers wish and my wish that your Father, and Daniel Flaherty, and Mary and Elizabeth and Sarah and Daniel and Isabella will accompany us and spend the day with us at mothers, of course Eli and Julia will lead the way for us — I look over the homely phraze of this letter — for if I cant do as I would wish my thoughts and wishes are good — God in Heaven knows that I never had one bad or impure thought concerning you dear adorable immaculate, heavenly Miss Anna.
If there is anything that I can do for you let me know it — and if I can I will do all you ask
— and if you want anything — anything in my store is at your service — Come and get what you want for you are doubly welcome — Hoping to have a good talk with you face to face I remain your affianced lover. To Miss Anna Rebecca Cullers
I had almost written
Addison Munch Addison Cullers”
He had written much poetry to her during their long courtship. This is what he wrote to her soon after their marriage:
“Indeed I love Anna Rebecca more, Than ever I did in my life before.
She is as lovely as she can be
Each day reveals new charms to me. Of the companion of my choice
I love to hear her soothing voice
It thrills with pleasure through my frame I love Anna more than tongue can name I’ll always sound Dear Anna's praise
With her I hope to spend my days In perfect bliss, and happiness,
O Lord, Forever, do her Bless.
Dry Run, Dec 29”. 1853