of it in much less time than I have been at it. I believe I have told you before that of all the countries and all the climates on Earth no other people are so blessed by Nature as the inhabitants of this part of Mexico. 1 The church has all the power, all the wealth 2 I think I would be safe in saying that three fourths of the expence of building Puebla has been in churches and church property. —When we will move towards Mexico is not known unless it is by the Commanding-General. We hear a great many reports of there being a strong peace party in the city of Mexico who are only waiting our approach to come out boldly but I do not know how true it is. I have not seen Fred. for a day or two but I know he is well. Give my love to all at White Haven. I will close this with a P. S. when I find I can mail it
|Yours most Devotedly|
August 8th P. S. I have not yet had an opportunity of mailing this letter and do not know when I will have—To morrow we start for the City of Mexico where no doubt we will have another big fight. Rest assured my Dearest Julia I will not let an opportunity of geting out of Mexico escape me after I have once seen the Capittal.
[Aug. 22, 1847]
I wondered what must be the emotions of General Scott, thus surrounded by the plaudits of his army. 1 The ovation was genuine, and from the hearts of his men. This has been the greatest