[original one page letter with printed letterhead:]
November 14, 1904.
Captain W.A. Tennille,
East Orange, N.J.
My dear Sir & Friend:-
I am just in receipt on returning from a few days absence of a very kind and welcome letter from your son at Savannah, enclosing your letter recently written over again and addressed to myself, relating mainly to the battle of Gettysburg.
Your son's letter also informs me of your recent illness and the happy news of your recovery, on which I most heartily congratulate you.
It is singular in how many particulars your account of the Gettysburg campaign and battle, written after forty years, agrees with mine; also written after the same lapse of time, and each of them without seeing or consultation with the other. I congratulate you also if all of your children are like the one who wrote to me; and I presume they are on the fact of your having such good children. I know how it is as to that, as I am greatly blessed in the same way myself.
Wishing you many years of health and happiness and holding you ever in the kindest and most friendly recollection, I remain,
[signed] Geo Hillyer
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