Washington, North Carolina
April 27, 
My dear Nellie,
I have sent you one letter today that was going on a special boat sent from here, but the boat had not gone for when she met the regular mail boat from Newbern, so she came back and the mail boat is going out tonight at 12 o’clock. So I think I will put a $20 in this and send the rest some other time. Noyes wrote me that they lacked $6 on the meetinghouse steps and asked me to give a quarter. So you can give that or more for me.
There is nothing from Plymouth but what I have written, only that there was more troops there than I knew of. I received your letter of the 17th. Hope the measles will go light. I think you must have looked smart going to church with your new clothes. I want you to give Esther a $5 if my money all comes home safe. You know I was going to send her something from Norfolk but did not make it out. So I think it will not be any more than right to remember her now. You can give it to her or [sister] Jane.
There is so much noise and talk in the tent that I cannot write so will stop. My love to Mother Brown and the same to her daughter Nellie. — Thomas
Tell Noyes that I received his letter and will answer soon.