This letter was written on February 18, 1861, by Ann Hurst Copeland to her husband John H. Copeland. The letter details the recent betrothals of several friends and Ann, who signed the letter "Annuk," comments she has been ill. She also expresses her devotion to Copeland, writing "It is not a half an hour in the day that my thoughts are not on thee." She also mentions that her portrait is included with the letter and she hopes to receive a portrait from him in return.
This black-and-white photograph is a portrait of John H. Copeland seated in a chair with his left elbow propped on a table. He faces straight to the camera and has his right thumb tucked into the opening of his jacket with his fingers in front of the jacket. He wears a double-breasted dark-colored short jacket, plaid pants, a white shirt, a plaid shawl draped over his shoulders, and a large plaid bowtie at his neck. He has a mustache and a neckbeard. Copeland's cheeks are hand-tinted pink and a gold ring on his right index finger is gilded gold. The tintype is housed under glass in a metal frame and inside a burgundy velvet-lined black wooden case with an embossed leather cover. The photograph (a) and lid (b) portions of the case have become completely detached. The case closes with a hook on the right side. A piece of paper is adhered to the top of the lid (b) with handwritten text in ink reading: "Mr. John Copeland / Care of David Miller / Thomasville / Georgia".