Ft. Monroe, Va.

April 12th 1858


My dear Sister,

Your letter of April 4th found me on my return from Washington.  I regret that just at this time I have been obliged to volunteer for Utah & have succeeded by this means, in getting my Comp. _________.

I think you had just better use the money you have as if it was your own, that is the interest of it.  The most, if not all is yours, Ellie’s, & mine.  Keep an account of it & we can settle it amongst ourselves when we get Jim to account for his part.  Some probably belongs to Kate & Lydia.  Ask Harry to send the California Bonds to be [removed?] or to sell them and invest in something else.  I wish to say distinctly now that Harry or George, one will have to ask for yours on their own judgment and give up Jim.  Whatever is mine, and I have had little or nothing from the estate, I wish and for your & Ellie’s benefit & I shall leave the money Harry has of mine for your use, and also the Penna. Bond I bought last fall.  The small investment I have in N.O. I have directed to be sold.  I expect [to] be in Balt. with my Co. the last of this week on my way to St. Louis.

I will not have time to visit Phila. or Lancaster as I wished to do—I am very busy.  Love to all—Harry, Kate & Reynolds, & little Harry.  I will write to George &c. in Balt. & see them when I go through.  Write to Sam for me & tell him I cannot now take his share of the mortgage on the house as I said I would as I will want the ready money I have for my outfit.

Your affectionate Brother,

John F. Reynolds


Miss H.S. Reynolds

         Phila., Pa.