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Deerfield, Massachusetts, resident Stephen Higginson received this letter from his son Storrow, who was serving in the Union Army stationed near Richmond, Virginia. Storrow expresses strong views about emancipation. Storrow had been suffering from malaria, but asks that his father not be concerned for his health, but rather be concerned about whether he has been true to the cause of emancipation. He also states that he feels that universal liberty is more important than preserving the Union. His father Stephen also had strong views on slavery, feeling that the country was better off without its burden.