Lake Providence La
February 13th 1863.
I come up to this place last night expecting to find McPherson and intending to stay a day or two and give directions. I find however he has not been able to procure transportation. On the way up we overhawled all boats and got off the Hd Qrs. Mail, and found Lagow and Bowers. I got several letters from you and here we met another boat from Memphis with Ihrie aboard and more letters from you.
Your letter to Jennie 1 was very good. It was moderate and in every way right. All the family have ever been made welcome at our house and you will be at theirs, at least to father and mother. Do just as you told them you were going to do. Go directly home and make a short visit and see if it is not agreeable for Mother to keep the children If it is not take them to some town in Ohio Indiana or Illinois where they have good schools and take boarding for yourself and them. There is no place half so good for them however as just where they are and I do not think for a moment but what it is agreeable to keep them.
Mrs. McM. that you speak about I know nothing about. Certain it is that I never told her, or anyone els that they could go and take any house they pleased or could board at my expense. I cannot conceive who this woman is unless it is one that come into the office one day at Memphis (not Mrs. Canfield) 2 and represented that she had been aiding about the hospitals for a long time but had never asked for any position and had never received any favors from Government or been any expense. She did not know however but she would have to ask for at least some place to stay. At present she said she was boarding in a sesesh family and it was excessively disagreeable to her. I do not remember what I told her and have never thought about her since.