Acton Memorial Library
Lowell Feb 4th 1863
Dear Brother Jones
I received your letter
last week was glad to hear from you
and hear that you was well and in
New Orleans hope you will stay
there was afraid that they would
remove your regiment when General
Butler left he had a great reception
here and in Boston guns fired and
bells rang when he arrived they say
that he has been offerd the chance
to go back but will not except.
I do not think so I think he is going
to command this great expidition
that is being fitted up, perhaps
to go to Charleston or some other
important place not know to us.
Well, Joney, I am a fraid there
is some cheating a bout the pay
or on the alotment roll your pay
for July & August did not arive
until last week, twenty dollars
which I received and took my pay
seven dollars depositing thirteen
for you. September & October there
was none. I asked him what that
ment he said he did not know, a
good many names had been taken
off. I told him that you expected
that you had some coming he then
showed me the roll and explained
it so I see for myself there was none
you had better go to the paymaster
and find out a bout it and if it
is not right have the Captain or
some one go with you and make
it right, if there is any trouble
draw your money and send
it to Murray by express, this is
what to put on the letter
P. Murray Sprague Boston Mass
Care Sargent & Co’s Express Court Street
dont you pay I guess it will
come free he goes to Boston every
day it will be the same as though you
sent it to Lowell and if you have
to pay it will be a little less.
I hope it is all right, if they
charge as high as that for clothes you
had better draw your pay for them
and let me make them and send
you I have plenty of time had rather
do them than not, don’t be afraid
of making me any trouble if there
is anything to be made we might
as well have it as anyone that seems
to be the game that they are all playing
to make as much out of it as they can
I have been thinking could not you
send home a barrel of shugar and
pack in a pair of those vases that
you spoke of Shugar is from fifteen
to eighteen cents a pound here.
I don’t know the expence it would
come cheaper by freight Stuff it full
so to make it pay if you can send
it I don’t know as you can only I
thought of that and I thought would
mention it and you could think
about it. you could send word
home to un pack it carefully so they
would not break them, don’t know
as they are going to send another
box very soon shall send if they
do and I know it they have had
a fight near Suffolk twenty four
killed eighty wounded. How do you
like the letters from the chaplain.
Shall try to get one before I close this.
his discrption of the battle I
like them very much. all well at
home last week. We are well. Hope
this will find you the same.
Mrs. Hayden and Hattie Conant are
dead. Hepsy had a party about thirty.
Suppose they wrote you a bout it.
they did not write me the particulars.
Write soon if the money is not right.
I shall want to know. Murray unites
in sending much love. Eliza Sprague
[p. 4, In pencil upside down above date on p. 1]
Write as often as you can.
Always glad to get letters from