|Cairo, September 25th/61|
I received three letters from you to-day all written last month and two of them a month or more ago. You complainof my not writing. It may be that you have not received all my letters but I do not think that I have ever gone a whole week without writing and generally not more than three or four days. 1
All is quiet here now. How long it will remain so is impossible to tell. If I had troops enough not long. My force I look upon as sufficient to hold this place but not sufficient to make an aggressive movement against the large force now occupying Columbus. I see from father's letter that he expects to come by here. I shall be very glad to see him.
The news from Lexington to-day is bad but is conciderably relieved by the report that the rebels are about to be taken and Lexington retaken. 2 I have reduced the duties of my office very much from what they were by being a little more exclusive than I was at first so that now I can take a ride evry evening after 4 O'Clock. At night however I am busy. Our mails come in at such an hour that from 12 at night until 1 or 2 in the morning I am always busy, Sunday night excepted.
To-morrow is Thanksgiving Day and will be a Sunday with us. I send you a copy of my order for the occation. 3 I see some of the papers get hold of all my orders by some means or other and publish them. I do not know how it is. I do not let newspaper correspondents come about me. I see they are not published in the Democrat 4 however.
Dr. Sharp lives with me. He has received two or three letters from Nellie. They are all well. Broady Hull 5 is a Lieut. Col. and has lately distinguished himself by stealing a lot of mules and horses from citizens of Missouri who have been guilty of the henious crime of loyalty although they had not taken up arms in defence of their country.