From the National Archives, RG 109, Ch. 6, Vol. 707-709; "Letters Received and Sent, Chimborazo Hospital. 1861-64." 3 Vols: Vol. 708, p. 84

G. H. Howard's Grove
Richmond Va, March 31st '63


       I am instructed by the Surg. Gen to request you to lend me four carpenter (if you can conveniently spare them-) to take up & relay the floors of the wards of this Hos. that have been contaminated with the variolan poison. Please inform me by the Bearer if you can comply with the request. If you send them please send the tools necessary to perform the work.

Very Respectfully
Yr. Obt. Servt
C. D. Rice, Surg.
in chg Hos.

J. B. McCaw
Surg. in chg
Chimborazo Hospital

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