January 26, 1862
Once more with pleasure I seat myself to pen you a few lines to let you know that I have not forgotten to write yet although I have delayed it a long time. I received your last letter and this is the first chance I have had to answer it. For the last four weeks we have had everything all turned bottom side up nearly. We have been fixing up our quarters and it has kept us pretty busy. We have got fixed pretty well now. I think I can find now to write oftener. Time is pretty here at present but as soon as they get the theatre done they will be better. They say they will have it done so as to have a ball by Thursday night. By next week we will have theatres here. They are goin to have it lit up with gas. The scenery that they have got came from one of the threatres in Baltimore. They say that Bonyface is the leader. He has acted in Rockland a number of times. I am glad that you and Andrew had a good sleigh ride. You tell Abby that if she rides round with George to [too] mutch [much], I will have to tell Charley Wood. You wanted me to send you some songs. I will write you the names of them first to see if you know them or ever heard them. If you have not I will send them next time. I think they are pretty songs. I will give you the names. "Let me kiss him for his Mother"; "Kitty Wells"; "The Cottage by the Sea".
Them three is all I know at present except a Comic Song called Joe Bowers. I will send them to you next time if you don't have them. I have at last got my miniature taken. It is a poor looking thing. I can't do any better out here. I will do to keep the rats away. I got it taken over in Third Maine. There was so many there that he did not care how he took them. I have been a long time getting it taken. I sent one home the other day. It is about time to hear from it.
I cannot think of anything more at present. Besides it is getting late, so I will close for this time.
Write as soon as you get this and don't fail.