March 1st 1864,
Your letter enclosing one from Mr. Newton was received by due course of mail. 1 No letter from I. N. Morris accompanied however. I had previouslyrec'd a letter from him, Morris, and answered, 2 but the answer may not have been received when he wrote to you. —I cannot write to Mr. Newton on the subject he asks, nor to any one. I have no ambition outside of my profession and in that only to see our arms every where successful.
Fred. is now with me quite recovered. The Drs. said he would not be strong enough to send to school before next Fall and for that reason I brought him here to spend a few weeks. The balance of the family are all well.
Rains have set in here which will probably make any military movements impossible for some weeks. In that event I do not look upon a visit home for a few days as improbable. A few days absence throws me back in correspondence terribly but so far as Military command goes, in these days of telegraph & steam, I can command whilst traveling and visiting about as well as by remaing here.
Remember me to all at home.