Piney Vale Augt 22nd 1864
My dear Son
Your letter of the 10th instance has been received and I assure you I was truly grieved to hear of your misfortune, and to think that I could not be with you to do what I could for your relief. I know as you say, it would be folly for me to think of returning to your aunts, I could not procure a conveyance and if I could, I am not able to travel, besides I feel it to be my duty to proceed to Woodville as soon as possible, tho it makes me feel sad to think of going still farther from you.
You have no doubt heard from your Aunt Lizzie that I have been quite sick since I came here, after writing to her I had a relapse and was obliged to send a second time for the Doct. I think I am relieved now, & hope I shall have no more returns of fever as it is a week since I had a chill; but I recover my strength very slowly.
Col. Cook went up last week to Jackson and told me if I would remain here until his return he would go with me himself to Brookhaven, he got back last night, and will go into Hazelhurst tomorrow when I will get him to find out all about the cars; He says they only leave every Saturday, so it will be some days yet before I can start. The Col. saw Hartwell in Jackson on his way home on sick furlough, he will be here tomorrow; his Father said he was so thin that