Fort Lafayette, New York Harbour
January 30th 1854
My dear Sisters,
I reached New York Monday evening but could not get over to [Redler’s?] Island before Wednesday, on account of a storm, and on Friday was ordered down here with [two?] companies. If the Reg’t’s to occupy this place for the present. I have been quite busy in arranging the companies at this fort and have now only time to write you a line, to say that any letters, &c. which may arrive for me I wish forwarded to “Ft. Hamilton, Long Island, N.Y.”
We occupy a very small Fort 3 or 400 yds from Ft. Hamilton, at the Narrows. How long we may be here, I do not know. We are by no means comfortably fixed & this fort is scarcely a fit place to have sent us at this inclement season.
Give my love to all & believe me.
Yours truly & affectionately
John F. Reynolds
Miss H.S. Reynolds,