Elmira Barracks No 1, Aug 8
I suppose you read the letter, I wrote, last week & if you had not heard it before, were a little surprised, to find I was in the State. We are having very easy times here now, not much Duty to do, once in a while a little Guard & Patrol at night. Yesterday morning I attended the 1st M E Church, & last night the 2nd. Where Mr Herman Preaches. It seemed good to go to Church again.
If nothing happens now, I expect to be in Geneva Wednesday Noon, & would like to have Charlie meet me there. We expect the Boys back today, that went Home on Thursday. I shall try & get my pass tomorow afternoon, Dated on Wednesday, & run down to Watkins & stay over night, Then take the morning Boat for Geneva. I should like to go down on Capt [Deys] Boat, but can not arrange, so as to do it. You may be sure I am counting the Days, I have never seen longer ones. If Charlie will meet me at the Steamboat Landing, Wednesday morning, I can get Home much cheaper
Hoping to see you soon