Fort Stevens D. C.
Sabbath, Sept, 6, 1863.
I am now living in a dark room at Mr. Butt's, suffering from acute inflamation of the eyes. The Dr. forbids both reading & writing, - an unpleasant arrangement. Otherwise I am quite well, & altogether am in good spirits. The inflamation of my eyelids has somewhat subsided, though the inside of my eyes remains quite sore, I hope however to get round within a week. I keep my eyes continually bandaged, with various applications as, sugar of lead, sulphate of zinc & opium, boild flax seed rose water, milk &c &c — Salts & pills internally - I hope Uncle Joel is better by this time. Dr Meigs is taking care of me. Dr. Porter is sick, & Surgeon Kidder is "played out."
Will the failure of Mr. Parker to get dismissed make any difference in your plans?
I think it very kind in Mr. [Simmons?] to make a piano expressly for you. I hope you will be satisfied with it when it comes, & that it wont keep you waiting much longer.
I take my meals regularly, & have a good apetite. Owing to the present distracted state of the country I dont think it best to write any more this morning.
Your Son A. F. Walker