[written above date]: Stanton General Hospital, Washington D.C.
A cold but Beautiful day. At work in the office all the forenoon. spent a few moments over over to the Douglas Hospital saw
there Brig.Gen [Connors] in the afternoon had the pleasure of doing a little work at my old trade printing. took a walk and
collect a the House of a friend Mr.H.H. Sperry. did not find him at home, today was the President's reception day. several
members of this Hospital were fortunate enought to shake Mr. Lincoln by the had. Am sorry that I did not take the opportunity
to see him, in the evening wrote a letter to my Mother I have not heard from her for a very long time. Also called on my friend
Mr. Moon, in the evening played a game of chess with the Chaplains Clerk have had a very severe toothache, otherwise feel
very well. Hospital life is dull and very inglorious for a Soldier, the Company during duty here are having a great time tonight
celebrating New Year day the news this morning not of much account but still encouraging. tired today to leave off [some]
of my old hotels succeeded well.