erals till they wrongfully abused me, and I will protest against them forever.
We have come here for the purpose of getting coal, but as there is none here, we shall proceed on to Natchez.
I shall expect to get a nice letter from you on my return.
Tear this letter up as soon as you have read it. Did you get my letter I sent by hand?
Hoping that we may meet again, I remain as ever, Your affectionate cousin, D.
P. S.—Please excuse that bad-looking blot.
(Envelope addressed: Miss Minnie Wilcox (or Wilcore) Rodney, Miss.）
United States Mississippi Squadron, flagship Black Hawk, Mount city, November 18, 1864.
Sir,—Referring to my No. 2, of 2d inst., I inclose a copy of a communication dated 7th inst., from Lieutenant-Commander R. L. May, with inclosures, as therein stated, reporting the desertion of Acting-Master G. W. Glenney, late commanding the Rattler, and Acting-Ensign E. P. Nellis, of the same vessel, on the 4th inst.
The Department's letter of the 8th inst., gi<