A transcription of the letter is below.
Transcription by Nadia Shahab Diaz, class of 2017
Andover July 28, 1863
Dear friend, I
have just got through examination,
tomorrow are the closing
exercises, and wednesday I
go to Boston. I think I
shall try to enlist in a Battle
or the Cavalry if I can get
The Board bill was increased
some about a dollar or more
and that with some photographs
that I was obliged to get increases
my expenses more than I intend
so that I shall need some more money.
I have got enough to go to Boston
with; I am afraid you will think
that I have spent more than is
needfall, that I will not deny;
but I have not spent so much [[end page]]
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Commons, indeed there are but
three or four that have spent less.
One thing is, that every thing
is higher, pilo tax, club tax,
and school tax, so that while
I will own that I have spent a
good deal, I cannot say that I
have been extravagant.
If I stay at Mrs. Root any
lent length of time, I shall
want to pay my board and
I don’t like to stay at my
Aunt’s because I do not feel at home.
Please remember me to
E. C. Houghton