John M. Stone to Family
Lydia & Fathers kind letters came to hand day before yesterday & were
very thank fully received. I presume that you have received one or more from me
since they were written although I can not quite remember when I last wrote.
Glad to hear that all were well. I have been very buisey since we arrived here.
Saw brother the day after I wrote you, he seemed quite well & said that he was so. I think that the ride did him good he seemed in good spirits he stayed with me over night & shiped with the brigade at about three the next day. I do not know where they have gone but hope to follow them in a few days, expected to have gone before this. I am glad to that Vermont is doing so well at furnishing troups in defence of the Union. I shall ever feel proud of her & of being a Green Mountain Boy. My health is the best that it has been since I left home I think.
Solomon & I have been at work at the fort for several days back, load ing army waggons on to the boats, our men work well & some of them are noble fellows if they are black. We have several hundred of them in camp by themselves near here & they do a great deal of work. I send another check of thirty dollars which which father will please take care of as he thinks best & for my interest. Has Uncle H[arry] recovered yet. Are all the friend well, give my love to all of them. When does Marge return to school. Please write soon
Your in hasteJ. M. Stone
Aug 30 All is well, the weather finer & a [new] freshening breeze from the east. How is Winslow these days tell him that if he wishes to come out here I think that I can procure him a place with pay from 35 to 50 dollars per month to work as foreman or as tally clerk he could mess with us. Has M had her watch fixed yet Tell father that if he will settle with Mr. Marsh I will pay him for his trouble. I do not know how much I owe him but father need not hesitate to pay him what he thinks right for I think that he is honist & will deal honistly with him. If you want any money to use for Marge take some of mine. Tell mother I want she showld rig so as to comforta ble as could weather comes on Mr Chandler say tha Jenny is a very fine horse, dont sell her till I come home.
Love to all