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John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 June 12
McCoy, John

Dear Martha


The tide of circumstanes
has alone prevented me from writing
to you sooner. I left Newbern on the
10th May arriving here on the 13th. the
cause of my leaving was intermittent fever
with symtoms of Typhoid I made
application to be transfered to a northern
Hospital and succeeded I calculated
to come under the general order to
discharge all patients in Hospital
not requiring medical attendance
on my arrival here it was rumored that
we would be discharged in a few days
and mustered out of the service. for my
part I see no signs of gitting away as yet
but the surgeon in charge says he
expects every day the mustering officer
from New York. we may get away in
a few days and we may be kept here
for a long time it all depends on the
order from General Dix, however if
I knew that the family was all
right I believe I could content myself
tolerable well here for a while to come
the accommadations here are splendid
the Hospital Buildings are situated
within a few yards of tide water on
the Naraganset Bay the Island looks
nice the steam Boats on one side of
Buildings and the cars on the other
pass almost hourly. I am on special
diet as yet. for Breakfast boiled egg one
pint milk bread and Butter - for
dinner one pt. milk bread Beef stake
and potatoes for supper toast and tea
I take a solution Quinine 3 times
a day I am also allowed 4 oz whiskey
per day which gives me quite an
appitite. we get clean cloths every
Sunday morning drawers shirt and
socks sheets and pillow cases in
fact everything here is as clean as in
a first class Hotel.—
I have nothing to do only sleep eat and
Smoke the only trouble is I have no
money to buy tobacco - I wish you
could send me two dollars for a little
while and I will give you good interest
that is if you get this letter in any
reasonable time, I hope you will
be prompt in replying to this as I
am more than ordinary uneasy to
hear from home —
My love to you all without
distiction.
Yours affectionatlely
John Mc Coy
P.S. Address'
John M.Coy Lovell Gen.
Hospital Portsmouth Grove
Ward II R.I.
(Enclose two or three stamps)
Love Lovel lovel
Lovel lovel
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