Saturday, January 19, 2013

1863 January 4 East New York

                                 New York
                                             January 4th 1863
Dear Parents
                                  I will write a few lines so
that you may not be d[i]sappointed Wednesday
evening in not receiving a letter.
   I recd. your letter last evening inclosing
the $1.00. I suppose you intended it
for postage stamps, - at least I think it
will be used as such.
  My available fund now amounts to $6.00
a U.S. five & the one, you sent.
   I tell you that is quite a fortune to
what some have here, officers as well as men.
   Yesterday I bot. a frock coat which
I was obliged to have.
    Surgeon Harlow & myself went to the city
yesterday, after walking about all afternoon
we finally concluded to take a coat for
which I paid 420.00 it is rather high
price I know but the best I could do.
    I thought it was best, to borrow the
money and not run the risk of sending it,
for no knowing when we shall leave
here.  The Quartermaster Seargt. just told me
that the ship would be ready for us tomorrow
night.  Hope we shall not leave till that
bundle arrives.
    Received a letter from Dora last week.
Have not received any papers for six
weeks, it is just so int he other Regts
papers sent from home are rarely if ever recd.
so you better not bother to send any.

[in left margin]
  It has been very pleasant over head to day, but O, such walking
you never saw, mud up to your ankles. There has been no services
in the Regts. to day there seems to be but little attention paid to the
sabbath in the army.  O, that I may be more watchful & prayeful [sic]
      Your affectionate Son
                       C. P. Morrill

Charles Plummer Morrill, 24th Maine

MSS 11031

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