Jan 24 1861
I am here, sick on my back, & likely to remain so for several days, may be, a week
I took a severe cold just before leaving Washington which by the exposure incident to travel since has thrown me into a fever, I think I have it broken now.
Gen'l Scott sent word to me the evening before I left through T. Corwin & Col Stone that he wanted you to send a messenger to W before you went informing him all about your route, time of departure &c &c He dont want this by letter for fear the mail will be robed He wants quietly to station such force about Baltimore, I suppose as will protect you, in any event
I shall come to Springfield as soon as I am able