Vienna, May 8, 1862
Mrs. B. Rouse,
Accompanying this you will recieve [sic] a box containing the following articles, 6 pillows, 4 pair socks
4 lbs currents [sic]
" " elderberries
" " dried apples, 17 linen towels, 2 1/2 lb. cotton cloth, 1 1/2 lbs dish cloths, 1 dozen lemons, 3 lbs. lint, 1 quilt, 484 yds. cotton bandages, 2 dozen eggs, 5 abdominal bandages, [illegible] pair pillow cases. At our last meeting but one a change was made in the trustees of the Society. The former secretary Docia Squires is about to commence school and I am now acting in her place. We will be glad to hear from you often.
A trembling hand and an aching head made sad traces and mistakes, but pardon.
Helen A. Betts
Vienna, Trumbull Co
Transcription from original letter, United States Sanitary Commission, Cleveland Branch (Soldiers' Aid Society of Northern Ohio) Records, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.