Met. Hotel N. Y.
Wednesday Jany 28th 1863
My dear wife
On Sunday night I succeeded in getting my papers through for a leave of absence for ten days. With the next mail I wrote to you to meet me at Albany coming by way of Springfield, writing to me both at Company Hall, Albany & Kingston so that I might meet you at Greenbush, opposite Albany.
On Tuesday morning at 3 oclock I started with my horses for Acquia Creek. The first boat was too crowded but at 12 P.M. I succeeded in getting there on another boat and starting for Washington. I arrived there just in time to get my horses in the Government Stables & get the cars for New York, leaving me no opportunity to write or telegraph you.
Owing to delay on the road from Baltimore to Philadelphia, we arrived several hours after time this morning. I write with the mail this afternoon & think you will not be likely to be ready to come before Monday, as Sunday will interrupt your travel. I shall not therefore go to Albany unless I hear from you that you have received letters in time to get there on Saturday.
I will leave again for Washington in one week from tomorrow. Let your father furnish you with what means you require & I will furnish him with a Bank Draft. If I had arrived here at an earlier hour I might have sent one with this mail.
With the hope of soon meeting you & the children I remain in haste
C D Westbrook