N. Orleans Barracks La.
July 11th 1845
MY DEAR JULIA
I wrote you a letter a few days ago in which I promised to write again by Mrs. Wallen. It was my intention then to write you a very long one but she starts much sooner than I expected so that I will only trouble you with a short note, and it too will probably reach you before the letter sent by Mail. There is now no doubt Julia but we will all be in Texas in a very short time. The 3d Infantry have arrived on their way and in a week or so we will all be afloat on the Gulf of Mexico. When I get so far away you will still think of and write to me I know and for my part I will avail my self of evry opportunity to send you a letter. It cannot well be many months that I will be detained in that country unless I be promoted to one of the Regiments stationed there and the chances are much against that. I have never mentioned any thing about love in any of the letters I have ever written you Julia, and indeed it is not necessary that I should, for you know as well as I can tell you that you alone have a place in my my—What an out I make at expressing any thing like love or sentiment: You know what I mean at all events, and you know too how acquerdly I made known to you for the first time my love. It is a scene that I often think of, and with how much pleasure did I hear that my offer was not entirely unacceptable ? In going away now I feel as if I had some one els than myself to live and strive to do well for. You can have but little idea of the influance you have over me Julia, even while so far away. If I feel tempted to do any thing that I think is not right I am shure to think, "Well now if Julia saw me would I do so" and thus it is absent or present I am more or less governed by what I think is your will.
Julia you know I have never written anything like this befor and wont you keep any one from seeing it. It may not be exactly