To John D. Johnston 
Your letter about a mail contract was received yesterday. I have made out a bid for you at $120, guaranteed it myself, got our PM here to certify it, and sent it on. Your former letter, concerning some man's claim for a pension was also received. I had the claim examined by those who are practised in such matters, & they decide he can can [sic] not get a pension.
As you make no mention of it, I suppose you had not learned thatPage 77 we lost our little boy. He was sick fiftytwo days & died the morning of the first day of this month. It was not our first, but our second child.  We miss him very much. Your Brother in haste