Your welcome letter was received yesterday and by this time we hoped to see you home again, but as you say, you will be obliged to stay until the 18th, and we need not look for you now until next week. It is hardly worth while [sic] for me to answer your letter, for if it takes it four or five days to get to you, why you will be about starting for home when you receive it. Mother has been very uneasy about you lately, as we see by the papers, that another great battle is expected to be fought on the Weldon Railroad. I hope this will put it off until after next Sunday, when you will be out of the danger.
We are all well at present, and so are Aunt Ann's family except Aunt Ann who has had another bad spell of Asthma, I spent the day out there yesterday, and in the afternoon, Nip [Virginia's sister Marian] came out bringing Maggie Mitchell and Sallie Evans with her, and they stayed to tea. They took dinner at our house. Charlie Mitchell came after them last night. The weather here is very cool. I think Jack B. was very kind to give up his blanket to you[.] You must give our love to him[,] also to John Tennant, Mozingo, and the rest of the boys. We sent Bill Broad[leaf's] letter over to him. Tell the boys they must not vote for Mc[Clellan.]