Office Apt. [Pron Mar] 3d Sub. Dist No Mo [illegible] Mo. Dec 2d 1864 Sr. CH.J. Harding My Dear Friend I hope you will excuse me for not writing you before but I was only waiting to get the machine running according to my notions of things I found Sr Gannett a gentleman & all his books & papers in very good shape. But such another Office you never saw. I have finally got it cleaned up so that it is very respectable I find any quantity of business here. far more than I thought it was possible for a Sub. Dist Office to have I like the place far better than Macon & altho there is no regular hotels I have a very fine place to Board. & a good Room Last night in finished our [Retning] and