Hilton Head, South Carolina
November 20, 1861
My Dear Sister,
I now take pen in hand to inform you that I have sent some money by the Express in an envelope. I sent thirty-five dollars. I will now send one dollar in this letter. I wrote to you Sunday last. I am prospering pretty well at the present. I want you to take my money. Give two dollars to Uncle Daniel Quimbey for Elder Tuttle and take enough of the rest to buy a barrel of flour for you and the rest to live on this winter and put the rest away for me for I shall be at home one of these days, if it is God’s will.
We are a going to leave here soon but where we are a going, it is more than I can tell. I must close now. From your brother, — Stephen F. Downs
Now write soon, won’t you?