Mil Prison, Alton, Ill.
Dec 10th, 1864
With much pleasure I embrace
the opportunity of writing you these lines to
inform you that I am in prison at Alton, Ill.
this leaves me well. I have had good health
ever since I left home. Ma I met with some
friends from Callaway. I want you
to come down & see me as soon as you get
this. Ma get a recommendation for my release
from some of the loyal men of that Neighbor-
hood And bring with you for me some
clothing & money Also, Ma if you can't possibly
come send me some clothing & money. Anyhow
If you don't come try to get some man to come in
your place. Ask him to bring the clothing & money
I have been in prison about two months.
I have not heard from home since I have
been in prison. I would like to get home by
Christmas if you can possibly get me out.
Send me some eatables with the clothes.
John Bell & Will Kemper are here with me.
Give my regards to all relation & enquiring
friends. Tell Henry Oliver to go to Old Henry's & Kiss
that girl for me. Well I will conclude.
from your dutiful Son, William Scott.
I wrote one letter to Cote sans dessins & for fear the mails
were not running then wrote this to Hibarnier.