Memphis, Tenn. September 8 1862
I have been here since yesterday and return tomorrow. I did not feel quite well for some days at Helena and, to get away from the crowd that made me nearly crazy, I went up here to have a couple of days' rest. I am better now. I met Shine here and have been with him altogether. He brought me your dear letter. I am so glad Francis is getting better. I thought I might have to come to St. Louis, but await news from Curtis. All the idle rumors about his removal I know to be lies. Maybe the troubles in Kentucky might cause our Army to be moved in a different direction. I am anxiously waiting for news.
If you have so pleasant use of the horses, keep them by all means. It is the biles that trouble me, and my blood is bad. I have several boils in all parts of the body. I shall soon be entirely well again. I am happy at knowing you are so comfortably situated. Love to all-- your devoted
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