Annapolis Dec. 10th, 1861
Your letter of the [?] I received Thursday evening the 5th at 9 o’clock PM. I was not feeling very well at the time and had just finished writing three letters in the Lieut’s tent. The next day I was excused from drill by the surgeon and about noon was taken with a chill and went to the hospital where I have had as good accommodations as could be, good beds and clothes, and every thing as comfortable as at home. I am now well except weak and as it is a very pleasant day the nurse let me walk out a little while. It is as warm as summer. Our company are all out target shooting and Lieut. Marsh has your letter in his charge and I can hardly remember anything that there is in it. I have given up expecting the box. I shall write again in a day or two at furthest. Respects to all.
Your ever affectionate brother,