Letter from Wm B. Stevens, dated 1862-06-18

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[Left page is written sideways] I am sorry to hear that Uncle Timothy is so unwell this Summer, but hope he is better ere now. Give my love to him and the others of his family. I was in hopes to be at home this week, but must give it up, but still hope it is for the best. Expected to hear from there yesterday but did not succeed. Ann writes that she is well, and gets along nicely, in her studies. I am glad it is so, as I feared she would not be able to study this [summer?], with her sore eys.

Please write soon & direct as before; Give my love to all The loving son W.B.Stevens

To R. [B. Stevens?]

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Homeopathic Hospital, Washington, D.C., June 18th, 1862.

Dear Mother:

Thy good letter of the twenty fifth [last?] would have been answered sooner, but for thy suggestions to the con= trary. It was very acceptable; so was the news of thy really having gone, as thee proposed. Does thee know I came near coming to the N.Y.Y.M. , I had some thoughts of calling up there, while you were in solemn session, but was not quite well enough to endure the fatigue. I am gaining well now, and enjoying my= self nicely; I am now just about as strong as before I had the Shakes, three weeks ago.

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Those are very weakening, thee knows. I am still the only patient her & still on my own expense, but I orefer to be so, instead of any ting the M.Ss. seem willing to do for me. Charley Templeton is still at Carver, but is in hope to be here soon; I hope he will too. We tried to get furloughed yesterday, but they had much rather give us discharges, which we do not want, so we are to remain here, for a while at least; I am in hopes to be well enough to go to the Brigade in the course of two or three weeks; there are places here where I could be on extra duty & have a pleasant time if I chose to do so, but I would be with our boys, where I feel more at home.

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How does the 9th. Regt. get along and where is it now? I have not got a Vt. paper since I came here, so I do not know of things in the state. The Secretary of War has or= dered all the churches in this City, prepared for Hospi= tals, & says he wishes accomina= dations for tenthousand, be= sides those now here. This is War, or one of its effects, but I very much fear the end is not yet. Things look more & more, to me, [like crossed off] as if it is far from a speedy terminus and Horace must not depend on me, this Hay-season. I wish thee had some of the cherries wjich are so plenty here. If I stay here, I shall soon have pouches, too, as there is a fine orchard on the place.

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