Temperature now like summer at home. Have on cotton stockings and no coat. Many of the men in shirtsleeves.
3:30 P.M. Land in sight! A dark streak just above the horizon which gradually grows plainer. Now there is bustle and excitement on board, packing up, brushing up &c. &c. I have packed up. Have on this shirt, cotton stockings, no vest—overcoat strapped outside of suit case which makes it pretty heavy. Will take time to add a few lines. Seems a long time since I left home and I am anxious to hear from you about everything, the weather, the business matters, the neighbors, &c &c. As I wrote you, if I can get Mabel started away, be home by[illegible] boat—Now good bye for present—Lovingly C
9:oo [A.M., next day] At Camp Columbia. Got in all right. Found Mabel & Will and arrived here about dark. Now Mabel has a letter to send to you so I will add a word while she is writing. Mabel is looking well, all browned up and is evidently enjoying herself. Afraid she won’t want to come home… Of course am interested in surroundings … but have had no chance to examine things. We are all going down to George’s battery with him now, so Good bye, Lovingly, Chas.