E. A. Morse to John Wolcott Phelps

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Rutland VtAugust 22nd, 1861General J. W. PhelpsDear Sir

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I enclose to you Abstracts of Provissions issued to the 1st Regiment Vt Vols from May 23d to Aug 8th. If correct please sign them & return them to me. Previous to May 23d we drew on Rations our Consolidated Returns from Capt Taylor, after that date I receipted for everything excepting the two days taken on board the Boat at Fortress Monroe. I found upon examining the Provision Returns that the extra issue of Rice & Beans had been added to a previous Return dated July 11th, 21st & I have destroyed the one you sent me.

Everything is quiet here business men are failing every week. The 4th & 5th Regts will be ready in three & four weeks. Governor Fairbanks offered me situation of Quartermaster in the 4th Vt Regt. but I declined. If more Regts are wanted, I think I shall enlist again

Respectfully YoursE. A. Morse