Sent a letter to Clara today. It is a long time since we have heard from Pana, and I fear that they are in trouble. Mr. Jenney of Marietta with his son came to see William about getting the latter in at West Point. But Mr. Thompkins, the former Congressman, had filled the vacancy for this district so there is no opening. Mr. Stewart, Cashier at Athens sent by train a present of quails to William, very acceptable as his appetite is capricious. A letter from Amesville says "Dr. L. Fulton has just returned from Camp Diamond where he saw Ephe, who, he says is very much liked by the soldiers and is the right man for that place".
Clara Walton is Julia's younger sister. She married a minister and lived in Pana, Illinois which was about 500 miles west of Marietta, Ohio. Clara had 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. Julia talks about hardships Clara faced, but is rarely specific.