Letter written by [unknown] from Camp Adirondack, Washington District of Columbia to his wife on January 20, 1863

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Letter written by a solder from Camp Adirondack, Washington, DC, on January 20, 1863, to his wife: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGECamp Adirondack. WashingtonD.C. (District of Columbia) (Camp Adirondack, Washington, District of Columbia)   Jany. 20 / 64
Dear Wife

Yours came to day and
in reply I would say - In regard to presenting
said letter in person it would be impossible for me
to do so, as the said Hospital is over on the Potomac (Potomac River)
side - I have never been there but when I went to
Alexandria (Alexandria, Virginia) I went in sight of it - I should think
it was four or five miles from the City of Wash. (Washington) (Washington, District of Columbia)
It is situated on an [em--ance?] and I have been
told is a splended place. No one is allowed to go
over the river without a pass from the Military
Govenor (Governor) of D.C. (District of Columbia) It seems to me it will
be rather an expensive experiment for her to make
as it will cost her certainly $20, to ge there, and
than if she should not succeed $20, to get home
still I will put your letter in the office as desired.
I think her health is to (too) poor to go far from home, where
she has no friends to call on for any thing. If you come
and have to stop a while you may find something for her
to do in the city - The Government employs a great many
girls to work in the various branches - The Custom House
and public printing works employ hundreds.
The Custom House is a very desireable place, but the
one who secures it must be recimended (recommended) very highly, as
their business is Counting, and doing up money &c
and command large wages - I have seen them there,
they dress nicely, and the work is clean and
healthy. The Government Printing works are very
extensive, for printing blanks for the whole U.S.
and any quantity of females work there but I
learn the places are now occupied, but changes
of course will sometimes occur in the event of human
life, and she may get a chance there, but as I said at

PAGE IMAGE first, the expense will be great for her to come out
here on uncertanties - I went over where our barracks
are this P.M. they are getting along finely, but I dont
think they will be ready to go into by the first of Feby.
I dont know where I shall have a room yet - I suppose
by what you say you sent those boots back to Worcester (Worcester) ,
if they are only 12 inches through the leg I certainly
cannot get them on, if they were 12 3/4 I could but
I should prefer to have them 13. I sent Hadwin (Hadwin (Mr.)) a
measure over the instep and from heel to instep also
the length - the length of them is just about right. I will
write Hadwin (Hadwin (Mr.)) a letter in regard to them, if nothing was
done about them it would be better for me to get them
here, then I can get just what I want, and the expense
will be about the same. I recd a line from him Monday
saying they would be $6.00 I supposed they
would be as much as that I should not have sent north
for a pr at all but I thought perhaps I might get
Hitchcock (Hitchcock (Mr.)) to make a pr on that Act. or rather note &
be sure of so much, but as you ordered Hadwin (Hadwin (Mr.)) to make
a pr I told him what I wanted, he got Rice & Mecham (Rice & Mecham)
to make them as he does make anything such as I
want. I dont think you better send the box untill
you hear from the coats for they are what I want more
than anything else. I am now weaaring my shoes, and
they have holes through the Soles, and the ground is
wet and muddy I get my feet wet every day, but
if I dont catch cold I dont mind it I think I shall
write to Hadwin (Hadwin (Mr.)) if they will take them back he need
not send me a pr at all and I will get me a pr made
here - I am not at all particular about a box untill I
move for I shall be quite unsettled, and have the
more stuffs to move, and some of it may get stolen,
still act your own pleasure about it. A man
died in our Regt last night and one the night before.
Small-pox is quire previlent (prevalent) in the city some
of our men are exposed to it evry (every) day when they
go on duty - [??] ever been vacinated (vaccinated)?

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