Dear Richard [Bayly Buck]
It is nearly midnight or
I would write you a note.
You find in the bag two bottles
Tomato Catsup and a Can of Butter
I hope they may reach you safely
I saw Cousin Geo Black just from Camp
today--He reports Walter well--
I refer you to "Gus" for the news.
He will tell you of the battle at
Harpers ferry--of John Simpsons Kin
Geo Williams' arrival &c&c
Kind regards for the Company
M. B. Buck