Prairie Caamp 50 miles from Battleford
All right so far, as we are rushed along to Battlefd at the rate of 40 miles per day. I do not get time to write a letter, we get up every morning at 3.30 and start at 5. A.M. We expect to reach Battleford at the latest on the afternoon of 24th Friday. I am in first rate health generally notwithstanding the bad grub. The most disagreeable work we have to do is outpost picket out on the prairie about ½ mile from camp. I have to go on about every fourth night , I will write from Battleford unless we are pushed past there to Fort Pitt. This afternoon when we halted for dinner one of the teamsters set fire to the prairie accidently it is now about 8 oclock in the evening and although it is ten miles in our rear it is twenty miles wide already and perhaps we shall have to turn out to night and put it out as we did about a week [since?] [?] [the?] river
[cross-written:] With love to mother and the rest of the family.
Your aff. son