Manila, P.I., Jan. 28-1899
Dear Mother & Sister
Your letter dated I believe Dec. 4th
reached me a couple of days ago and I
was very glad to hear from you. It seems
to take a very long time for letters to get
here from the States, but I understand
that another mail boat will reach here
in a few days and perhaps it will
have letters dated considerable later than
the one I got on the last boat.
Things here are about the same as
when I wrote last. There is not much
excitement and it is getting quite mono=
tonous. My health is good now, so I
have nothing to complain of in that regard.
There is talk that we are soon to be
relieved by regulars and sent back to Colorado
~ probably in 60 days or so. The boys, for the
most part seem quite anxious to get back
and are afflicted with homesickness a good
deal I guess. If I think I see a chance
away back here, so far from home, that
news & letters from home cheers one a great
deal, so write as often as possible and
if you see some of my friends there tell
them to write too.
I haven’t got much spare cash now, or I
could try and send some relics home, to
add to that collection which you say you
have. I hope I will be able to send
something interesting after a while. If
I be live & keep good health I may
decide to stay here awhile and then I
probably would have an opportunity to get
together a collection of curiosities.
I got the clippings which you sent in the
letter. That must have been quite a fire they
had at the Shafford Planing Mill.
I hope you both keep well during the cold
season in Rockford. It must be quite chilly
there now. Give my regards to Al Anderson & his
family if you see them also to A any of my
friends that you happen to see.
With best Love
1st Colo. Infty, [Colorado Infantry]U.S.V.