Fort Preble, Maine

December 16, 1849


My dear Sister,

I arrived here on the Friday after I left home, to [dinner?], spending a day in Philadelphia and part of a day in N.Y.  I forgot all about the worsted in Phila. but tell Kate to get it and I will send her the money—the Jack must be made some how or other.

I enclose a letter of introduction for Mr. Baker, also another letter to my friend Dick H.  Please give them to Mr. B. and ask him to forward the sealed one to Dick if he should not be in San Francisco when Mr. [Barrin’s?] there, as soon as he can find his address.

I have been busy writing since my return and shall be occupied with the same agreeable recreation until about the middle of January so do not be surprised, if you do not hear from me before that time.

I found all well here except Mrs. Anderson who is in such deep distress at the death of her Father, her ______, that I have not seen her.

Milo arrived safely and I think was not the [least?] rejoiced of the two in getting back to his old quarters.

Give my love to Father & Aunt and all at home—to Lydia and Sam when you write.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

I remain

Your affectionate Brother



Miss Harriet S. Reynolds

         Lancaster, Penna.