one this time. Fred. has not joined us yet. I have a big bone to pick with you the next time I see you. If I dont get back to Missouri soon I will write to Ellen to give you the scolding I want so much to give myself. Indeed Julia I would give all the glory to be gained in our battles to see you again now. I am very much of the opinion however that there will not be many more battles to fight. No doubt you hope there will be no more, but if you would believe the volunteers, they are anxious to see as hard fighting as they do hard times. You can see from this letter Julia how we live. Dont you see that the paper has been perfectly saturated with water? That is the way with evry thing else, even to ourselvs. Give my love to evry body at White Haven When I get to Camargo I will answer your letter, for I consider this no answer. But I dont want you to take the [s]ame view of the subject and put [off] writing until you get another.
Adieu My Dearest Julia
August 14th 1846
MY DEAREST JULIA
After a fatiguing march of over a hundred miles my company has arrived at this place. When we left Matamoras, on the 5th of August, it had been raining a great deal so that the roads were very bad, and as you may well guess, in this low Latitude, the weather was none of the coolest. The troops suffered considerably from heat and thirst. Matamoras is a perfect paridice compared to this place. The recent high waters over-run this place so much as to make themost of the houses untenable,