Your most welcome note sent through the care of
Jimmie Brown was received late last night with the bundle
of clothing and eatables all of which was very acceptable.
I like my jacket very much. The diamond[?] was rather large
but I can have that changed here. You must thank Ma for
it for me.
I have just packed up my box to send to the Junction
by Amos Grooves who will take up a load of empty boxes for
the W. R's today. I did not send all of the cans and jars
for since we have become to be such housekeepers we need some
little things of that kind about cooking &c. You ask me
what I would like to have in my next box, anything is accept-
able to us now. I wold be glad if you would send me some
lard and candies in the next box. The boys say we want some
hominy and parched rye also any kind of eatables are accept-
I understand that there is to be a sale of Government
horses at Markham Station in a few days. I reckon you will
do well to attend it. there are a great many young horses
here in the Army that have only been worked a few months and
under the Army treatment look very badly whilst if they were
well fed and cared for as you would do they would improve and
make fine horses. If you go you may invest some of my money
there if you think it will pay.
Amos Grover request me to say to you that if you
think it is necessary to make that fence before he returns
he would be glad if you would do it at as little expense as
possible. He says he received the cans and is selling them
out very fast and will let you know when he wants more. Several
of the last lot were spoiled. He sends up all the empty boxes.
Amos is waiting for this note, I must close. Love
to Cousins M. M. & e, Ma and the family. Excuse this hurrired
note. Write soon
Ever your affec. son
R. B. B.
P. S. Amos requests that you will deliver the within closed
note to Mr. Stinson and attend to the business for him.
Richard Bayley Buck , Co. B, 17th Virginia Infantry (Warren Rifles)