|Covington, June 10th/61|
I arrived here yesterday, Sunday, morning and found all well except Simp. 1 He seems as well as could be expected but yet a change is visable in the last year. His face is begining to wear a pinched appearance. Mother and him will probably be out to see you next week. —I am going over to the city to-day with Mary to make some calls and to see some of the military there, 2 and tomorrow Simp. and myself will go out to Camp Dennison. I shall not be able to go to Georgetown 3 this trip as I am liable to be telegraphed any day to return to Springfield, and must return by Saturday. Mary would like very much to go out and spend the Summer with you but it is hardly probable that she and mother will both go.
This town, like St. Louis, is adeserted city, but Union sentiments prevail almost unanimously. I called yesterday on Col. Whistler. 4 Mrs. Whistler was so unwell that she could not see me. The Col. is geting quite infirm. Louisa 5 is there looking well. She has been fed on Government pap all her life, since marriage as well as before, and now she would like to see that Government broken up. Such is human nature.
I will write to Orvil to-morrow and give him what they say here. Father thinks it is a necessity that he should go out this Summer. 6 Simp. says that he has as much time to read the papers here as he would have there and had better remain, because he can get them earlier. I think he will be overruled and will remain at home.
Strawberries have been selling here two quarts for 5 cts and evry thing in proportion. It only takes about 10 cts. to buy two days marketing of peas, cucumbers, lettuce, strawberries radishes &c. They had a big mess of green peas on the table yesterday for dinner, so many that quite a dishfull was left and set on the table at supper, and Clara informed me (I dont know that any other