Ft. Monroe, Va.

August 23rd 1857


My dear Hal,

Your letter from “Castle Finn” was received in due time, as also Sam’s a few days before and one from Jane this morning asking me to see them if I go through Balt.  I am sorry I cannot leave here at present.  I have some business to do which will keep me sometime yet, after which I think of applying for four or six month’s leave, & will write Sam then—may possibly be able to make up a hit with him somewhere, tho’ I have quite an idea of spending this winter in Florida, or part of it at least.

I am very sorry to learn Jim promises to be as uncertain as ever about his accounts.  I really do not know what to think of him.  If he fails now, there is nothing to be done but as Sam proposes, put the matter in the hands of some one who will attend to it.

Wishing you all a pleasant visit in the country, believe me.

Your affectionate Brother,

John F. Reynolds


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