Corpus Christi Texas
Jan. 12th 1846
MY DEAR JULIA
I have just been deligted by the recieving a long and interesting letter from the one I love so much and from the tone of her letter I am left with the hope that for the remainder of the time that we two are not one, she will be punctual in answering my letters. You do not know the pleasure it gives me to recieve letters from you my Dear Julia or you would write oftener. I write to you very often besides answering all your letters. You beg of me not to resign: it shall be as you say Julia for to confess the truth it was on your account that I thought of doing so, although all the letters I get from my father are filled with persuasion for me to resign. For my own part I am contented with an army life, all that I now want, to be happy is for Julia to become mine, and how much I would sacrifize if her parents would give now their willing concent. By Spring at farthest I hope to see the 4th Inf.y (You know that I have transfered from the 7th to the 4th) settled and that too on the Mississippi river, unless something should take place to give us active employment. Has Mr. Reeves ever delivered you the letters sent by him. It is astonishing Julia what a place Corpus Christi has become. Already there are two Theaters and a printing office evry night there is aplay at one or the other. It seems strange to hear you talking of sleigh riding, for here we have although it is January weather warm enough for light clothing. Such a thing as a sprinkle of snow is rarely seen at Corpus Christi.
From my last letter you will see that I have been on a long trip through Texas and that I think the country beautiful and promising. If it should turn out after all that my Regiment should be retained here (it is not the opinion of any one that it will be kept) I could have but little to complain of. Your letter,