[written above date]: Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Another very fine day over head but dreadful under foot felt worse today than I have for a long time. this is the end of another
week. I trust I have lived better this week than before but I am not satisfied I need much divine guidance and help. Took
a walk to the Commissary Dept. but was so weak that I was scarcely able to get back. recieved the book I sent for to Hudson
Taylor, finished Dr Marks work I think some parts of it very much exagerated.
<Life is a casket, not precious in itself, but valuable in proportion to what fortune, or industry, or virtue has placed within
it; and how few think of this.>
A regular summer day, felt much better although I had a severe headache. Read through several chapters in my Bible including
the life of Jacob and his sons. Was much interested, also read considerable of Byron's works, [illegible] Harold but soon
found it was not suitable reading for the Sabbath [illegible]. Div. Head Quarters in the Afternoon received a book of paper
from a friend heard that several men were to go home on recruiting service, wrote to a friend [J.S. Haver "L"] [1st] N.Y City.
No news from home, this regiment has 19 months to serve from today.