Middleberry Elkhart Co. In March 27th 64
My Dear Son After our United love to you would inform you that yours of post Marked Old Paint Comfort March 11th informing us that you was well & had as Gracious favor recd your box. I presume I am more disappointed if possible, as I have from Early Life been impressed with the idea that there was honor among thieves perhaps I imbibed such notions in reading the life of the [??? Gibby] of Revolutionary Story, however that may be I did hope you would get the Sugar Butter Tea Coffee [Chuck?] Brandy Dried peaches Dried Currants & Cherries [illegible] berries Corn Starch Crackers & Cookies & those heavy blankets all of which was first rate, I think I gave you the [???] where I wrote & emitted the [???] Recipt. Well as tis an old saying that half a loaf is better than no bread. The Rebs no doubt thought you would be thankful for small favors.
Your letter to Frank came to hand with mine you say to [illegible]. I shall send no more money to you as you don't get any. I had decided not to unless by your Request.
I am of opinion that at your Release you Render strict account of your losses at the [Major?] Department you will at some future time be reimbursed as I have all confidence in the integrity of their Government& that all Lost Claims will be scrupulously cancelled.
Well now for home affairs Commenced the week Aturning couple loads hay from Chancey's Harvy came with extra the first load & returned next morning & Alice was ready for the second load & remained till yesterday & Mary & then Miss [Warrney?] came up. Will they was making call on Mrs Jonas Sharok they having moved back to take care of old folks & returned & took tea with Aunt Hannah. Will just here say Mr Hixon is better well, I was started for load score blocks & Frank &