June 7th /63
Charles Henry Augustus Stacey
My Ancient Friend
I now take my Pencil in hand, to let you know that I am well & hope these few lines will find you, enjoying the same earthly blessing. My Daughter is well & so is the Powltry. Sir we are having a spell of weather here now, which may or may not last.
I am laboring under a Di, fic, il, ty, whether to write you a letter, or to sleep, probably the Former. Which will be Continued if my Cigar does not go out.
Sir De Question of de Times, am, yes de subject of de Times am, When de Pilgrim Humans, first Landed in America, what did dey do, Yes My Fellow Prisoners what did they do, answer in the next weeks Ledger.
Now to renew the Subject. I am feeling tip top today, instead of Drilling in the Company this morning, I took the respoinsibility of Drilling Ben Finch, one of our men who deserted at the Ferry & has just returned.
I am Officer of the Day, in our Tent, today, so run things. In regards to things in Camp, & our Position, we are on the left of the Regt, & the left of the Co, right back of our Tent is the Stables, where we have some 10 or 12 mules, who favor us with a Serenade, every night, I tell you it is delightful to be awakened, from a sound sleep, by such delightful Music. One of them in particular, has a fine ear for Music.
5 PM. I have just come in from Battallion Drill, Harvey & I have made $2,00 a piece today. We bought a new Watch, for $14,00, & this afternoon sold it for $18,00.
Yesterday I broke the Main Spring to my Watch, & so you see, I have made enough today to get it fixed. Things are looking here now as if we might have a little brush here, but we may not have that pleasure.