Garotiot Street Prison
Friday 19 December 1861
I received the letter you wrote to me from Centralia yesterday. Since I wrote to you last I have improved greatly. The measles have almost dried up and I have a good appetite and with the exception of a cough am doing pretty well. I think my cough is also improving and I hope to be well before a great while. We are as well fixed as we possibly could be and have kind nurses and a good doctor. You wished to know of me if I wanted anything. The money you sent will be more than I will use for some time to come. I was so unwell when i wrote before that I could not say much but I will try to write you something more today. I have passed through a great many dangers since I saw you but it has pleased the allmightly to deliver me out of them all and I try to thank him for it. He that can protect on the battlefield can protect also in the hospital. I trust entirely to him and hope before long to become a better boy. Don't suffer any uneasiness about me dear parents remember who is my protector. Write to me as soon as you get this and let me know how you all are at home.
I still remain your affectionate son,
Joseph C. Babb