A letter from Lansing Porter to Elizabeth Porter describing a walk he went on with Bro. Hudson, and their amusement at observing the way in which cows are transported onto the island. Lansing explains that they get stopped at the end of the island by a guard on a horse. He tells Elizabeth that men have been chosen to go to Washington in order to get more recruits, and expresses his relief at not being chosen, for it is too soon for him to show his face in Auburn, New York, again. Lansing then recounts an instance where rebel "contrabands" crossed over their shores, with news of the recent bombardment, which was most likely exagerated.