May 1862 (?)

[partial letter]

… we can get things here quite reasonable to what we had to pay up the continent. Cheese 20 cents per pound, butter 25, oysters 20 cents a quart, peaches 10 cents, sweet potatoes $2 per bushel and other things according while until now we had to pay double that amount.

You write that Willie has put his name down for a soldier. I am sorry although the bounty would help him to begin in the world. I do not think he can stand it to go into the field and endure the privations soldiers are heir to and the army is a bad school for boys of his age who grasp at everything new. He may form habits and appetites which will last as long as he lives and it would be better for him to join an old regiment than it would to go into a new one. He would not have to drill near as much and could learn faster and know how to take care of himself and take care of his health. And he would get his discharge as soon as the rest. He might come into our company and we have been in a year—or part of us—and he would not have to stay but two years anyhow and we may stay here all winter and that would be better than marching & fighting. But you had better stay at home for soldiering is the hardest work I ever done.

I have lost 127 pounds since I left Washington and have been well too. I have saved $100 since I have been in the army and it is the dearest money I ever earned. But I must close.

What hospital is cousin Willie in? Let me know if you can. write soon and if Willie has not gone yet, have him wait until you write again.

From your brother, — Albert H. Bancroft