Middletown, Maryland, October 1, 1862.
Dear Mother: — We are getting on very well. The arm mends slowly but is doing well. I think I can move by the first of next week.
I receive your letters and was much obliged for the dainties you intended to send, but we don't need them. Lucy visits the hospital daily. We rather enjoy this life. For the most part, I am very comfortable, but an hour or two a day I suffer more than ever. I shall come to Columbus first; probably the last of next week, say about the 12th of October. Love to all.
R. B. Hayes.
Mrs. Sophia Hayes.
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 361