St. Augustine March 11th 1863
Dear Wife and All
It is 2 1/2 weeks since we have had a mail, which arrived today. I cannot say it was a satisfaction to receive letters with none from you since it is source of great anxiety to know that you re not able to write; I recd letters from James and Ada of the 9th and 15th Feb & am afraid that your not so well as I am led to infer from by the letters recd, but anyone might die a dozen times before a letter would reach either place & at this distance, I dont feel at liberty to advise, as the advice, would be liable to be bad as good. Keep good courage have a Dr that you place confidence in, & I trust all will be well. I shall wait with the most feverish anxiety for the next mail, & letters from you, in the meantime I shall hope for the best.
I wrote a line two weeks ago & expected to send by schooner but she did not take a mail, since I wrote that I have had a Billious turn with Shakes & Fever. I was mustered in my Bunk, & have been off duty until today. I had my bed taken to my boarding-house, and all have been very kind, I am now on my legs again. I must not forget to acknowledge the rect of Annah,s & Lillie,s letter Annah,s of the 8th the date of Lillies I could not quite make out.
I expected the paymaster this Boat but he has not come & don't know as he will for two months yet, I am much disapointed for I was hoping to send you money by this mail.