Besides you [had] better look out or this same Sister Nellie [will] be a much "Older Maid" before she finds one with all the qualifications, ( that she can get.) However be ready to come here with us to Detroit and we may be able to find you a beaux inasmuch as you are a stranger and people may not have time to find you out. But you must not look your "Uglyest" for if you should you would loose so by the contrast with "Sis" that evrybody would be at dagers ponts with me for showing such good taste in my selection (you know how disappointed 4 when you found that it was not you I was going to see) that none of the beaux would look at you. Give my love to evrybody. I sent you ten kisses in the other part of my letter but as I expect to be in St. Louis so soon and dont know but that you might claim them all I will take nine of them back and have them distributed among the little girls across the way
Your affectionate brother
ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked Detroit, May 28, 1849.
July 30th 1849
I have recieved your letter of the 17th of July, showing a deficiency of vouchers for property turned over to different officers, by me, as Act. Adjutant and as A. A. Q. M. of the 4th Inf.y
Upon examination of my old papers I find vouchers (which I herewith respectfully enclose) for all except the following articles; viz :