[written above date]: Stanton General Hospital, Washington D.C.
Cold day wind howling dismally. The news today good but very meagre. A very interesting letter from Savanah. descriptive of
the City and people if all were so thoughtfull as the wise Mayor of Savanah many happy homes would be shared tis not the place
of captured city to dictate to a conquering General his term but to quietly submit at noon received letter from my freind
Miss Helen [M.] Sweet of Rochester. Right welcomes long expected. enclosed was a little case to keep my photographs. Must
answer tomorrow. This was a very good cheering letter, doing my soul real good to read. In the evering was cheered by seeing
my old friend Mr. Moon and had a very good visit and long talk with him in the evening wrote letter to Robert [Dransfield]
of Rochester, also made out an [inventory] of material necessary for doing a printing business for the Hospital. Expect to
have an [opportunity] to do something at my old trade. No news from my best friend today.