ALS, DLC-USG, marked on envelope "Politeness of Cap.t Morris 4th Inf.y."
June 4th 1848
MY DEAREST JULIA
I wrote you a letter about two weeks ago saying that I should not probably ever write to you again from this part of Mexico. But as there is a Mail going in a few days, and it will probably go faster than the troops will march, I will write to you again and for the last time, from here. Peace is at last concluded and the most of the troops are on their way to Vera Cruz. On Thursday next the last of the troops in the Valley of Mexico will leave and I think by the 25th or 30th of July I may count on being in St. Louis. The thought of seeing you so soon is a happy one dearest Julia but I am so impatient that I have the Blues all the time. A great many of the business people, in fact nearly all of them, want to see us remain in the country. Already a revolution is looked for as soon as our backs are turned. People who have associated with the Americans are threatened with having their ears & noses cut off as soon as their protectors leave. Gen. Terrace 1 of the Mexican army lives here in Tacubaya with his family. He has five daughters young ladies who are very sociable with officers of the U. S. Army. A few weeks ago an Aid-de‐ Camp of Gen. Velasco 2 threatened to mark their faces as soon as we left. The threat reached the ears of one of the officers who was in the habit of visiting the young ladies and he gave the