[written above date] Stanton Gen'l Hospital Washington D.C.
A truly beautiful day, sun shining brightly dispelling the gloom and chilliness of yesterday. Received this morning a letter
from my mother the first for a long time. Am very thankful that she is well. Also wrote a letter to my [Illegible] and friend
Miss. Libbie E. Hodges of Rochester:
"Should things go ill with thee, nor murmer nor complain. Repining at thy lot will but augment the pain: and should thy friend
prove false; forgive him and agree. If all were well with him, he would not anger thee; and should thy love offend, love on,with
eager scorn; the presence of the rose is witnessed by the thorn." [Norman] [Distich].