May 7th 1848
I have not recieved a letter from you for two months or more until two days ago, but when one did come it was most welcom. It has been a good while since I wrote to you but I can easily explain the reason. On the 3d of April I started with a party to go to the top of Popocatapetl the highest mountain in North America. From the mountain a portion of us went across into the Valley of Cuernavaca to visit the great mammoth cave of Mexico. On this trip I was absent from Mexico sixteen days and in the mean time a mail went off. The day after my return another mail started but I did not hear of it until I saw it leaving, so you see my dearest Julia you cannot attach any criminality to my apparent neglect. What must I think of you. just think two long months without hearing from one that I love so much. 1 Well I do not blame you 2 so long as you dont forget me and love me as you say you do.
There is a great deal of talk of peace here now. The knowing ones say that the Mexican Congress will ratify the terms proposed and that the advance of the American Army will be on its way for Vera Cruz in three weeks. 3 I atleast hope dear Julia that it will not be long before I can see you again. It is too bad aint it ? just think we have been engaged almost four years and have met but once in that time, that was three years ago.
I see Fred almost evry day. I told him what you desired me to. Fred read me a little of Miss Ellen's letter 4
The trip to the snow mountain and to the cave was very pleasant and would have been more so had we succeeded in geting to the top, but the weather was so unfavorable that all failed. The day that we arrived at the foot of the mountain we ascended about one half of the way to the top and there encamped for the night. We had been there but a short time when it began to blow