St Augustine Dec 21st 1862
Sunday Dear Wife & Children
I put one letter in the Office yesterday so that I might be surely in season, if the Boat went out before advertised. We are having another Big Blow a Norther, perhaps the Boat will not go out for several days.
I am in fair health but Bilious [ ] to sum it up in a word I have got a liver complaint aggravated by the Climate & Food; I have no doubt if I could live as I do at home I should be hearty. If I knew that I was to stop here a year I should be tempted to have you and the Children come here. It would be a hard journey for you all & I suppose it is no use to think of such a thing as you would all feel the loss of home comforts extremely. Lt Lane & Corp Davis of Co. C. expect their wives every Boat. I should like soldiering much better if I could have you all with me. Providing you could get along with one pot (cook meat in)