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Camp. of 2d. Mass. Redgt.
near Stafford. Court House. Va.
Dear E, I received your last night while
on guard, also one from Octave, Some how or other
I have struck a streak of luck laterly have
received a letter every other day for the last fortnig[ht]
and to day I got a Bay State. The first paper for
nearly eight weaks. So you thought I was scolding
you, but twas not you I was scolding, for I know you
write every week, but the rest of them and I think
I din some good if I may judge by the letters I have
received since. But a saint would get cross ocassionaly
here. But I have got another house built, and my
duties ar light haveing nothing to do but go on
guard once in 12 days, And on poliece once in
the same time, and perhaps on fatuige duty
once. So with the exception of drilling two hours
and a half every pleasent day. Saturday after
noon and Sundays excepted you see I have plenty
of time, to write, read, or doe what I please, There
is some talk of our Redgt. being split up for
Provost guard duty. two compenys are at the Court House