|Cairo, Sept. 20th 1861|
I believe I have written to you that Dr. Sharp is with me. Casey was also here yesterday and day before. He says Emma was very anxious to come down and see us and probably will be down soon.
I dont know what to say about your coming. I should like to have you here and at the same time I feel that I may have to leave any day. I am in most excelent health, work all the time scarsely ever geting a half hour to take a ride out on horseback. —Evrything looks quiet here now but it may be simply a quiet before a storm. —I believe I have gone longer without writing this time than any time previous since commencing soldiering. Your last letter informed me of poor Simp's death. 1 It did not take me much by surprise but it was right sad that he should die away from home. Did you hear whether he was consious of his approaching end or did he think all the time he would be better again?—In the matter of mourning you can do as you like. I send you $20 00 by express and will send you $ 100 00 at the end of the month. I want to pay old man Hughlett as fast as possible after