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 a woman named Ann Hurst Copeland seated in a chair with her left elbow propped on a table. She wears a dark-colored striped silk dress with large bell sleeves and a rounded white collar. Her cheeks are hand-tinted pink and a brooch at her neck and a ring on her right hand have been gilded gold. The photograph is housed 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.