[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as transcribed at a later date]
Tuesday, February 3rd - A bright day but intensely cold. Cousin John and Maria here
in the morning. In the evening Cousin William Whiting sent over a letter from Fez.
He started for Galveston on the 27th to take position as surgeon on board the Harriet
Jane. I am afraid she will be blown up before he gets there. It is the same boat
on which Mr. Wainwright met his death. Mr. Burton wrote a battle was reported at
Fredericksburg on the 27th but we can hear nothing of it.