Friend Mary, You kind and welcomed letter came only to hand. It found John in reasonable health but not as well as usual. Have to work hard today and the weather is very hot and has been for some time. I think a change of climate would do me good just at present but just a few days and my friend Joe and Mead and myself leaves for our home thus we left 3 years ago. The wounded keep
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coming in by the hundred yet and almost daily. Joe and myself are now regular wound dressers. Has been at it since the fighting "" I have almost made up my mind to study surgery after I get out of the army. I am getting a great deal of practical knowledge here. Every day how I wish I had studied surgery before I came into the army and I wanted to when I was about 20. Well I will learn all I can while I am here for it will be a great benefit in the " It is very hard work and very disagreeable this hot weather but the unfortunates must be attended
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to and by experienced hands. I shall do all I can for them while here. Only the suffering I see here every hour. One not used to it would think it dreadful. So it is but we become used to it. I shall tell you a great many things when we are permitted to meet again.
There is a Lady here at this hospital by the name of Susan Hall from the town of Ulissus Tompkins, New York, formerly of Orange New York lived near the West town is aqauinted with my Relatives and think She remembers seeing me when a small Boy I would take her to be about 35 She has been in the army
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since the commencement of the war. Was taken prisioner once at Winchester" Was the time of the Bank's Rebellion Her and myself have several quite long talks. It is pleasant to talk about old times She thinks of returning home this fall.
I have learnt nothing of your cousin yet, I shall do all I can to find him if he should be sent to this town or any other nearby. Well Mary I have not heard a line from him since what you last. I think I will quit writing and see if that will do any good. Sarah is " be careless I guess. Enclosed you will find my Shadons again as I had some on hand I thought I would present you with one as I suppose it will be exceptable. My respects to all enquiring friends hoping to hear from you soon.
I remain your Friend John
Did you know: The word "inst" was a very commonly used abbreviation for the Latin "instante mense" meaning this month.