1863 Dayton Sunday April 19th My dear Augusta I suppose thee has received my letter informing thee of John Darst's departure, and of his willingness to escort thee home. The time, I think, is as thee wished it to be, and we are looking for thee. If thee is not coming with him let us know, if thee is telegraph that we may be at the Depot. We have a letter from Howard dated April 8th. Willie has resigned on account of ill health, and is now at home. Very much better. I think John did not send the money. Father got some to pay for the fence. It is finished all to painting. They asked $20.00 for painting one side, and Father said he would only have it primed, till thee comes when thee will, I hope be able to tell us what Luther wishes. The man said he would ask $4.00 for priming. The sun is warping it and opening the seams, and Father thought best to have it primed. We feel quite private since the fence is up. Lib has the catalogue. The children are counting the days till thy return. Love to Luther and Rob. And to thyself also. As ever thy Mother. Mrs. A.F.Bruen Sarah H. Forrer Fort Hamilton N.Y. Harbor N.Y.