[July 5, 1852]
DEAR DEAR JULIA
We sail directly for the Isthmus. I never knew how much it was to part from you and Fred. until it come to the time for leaving[.] Several of the ladies will be left behind by this sudden move. Mrs. Montgomery is probably on her way here, Mrs. Rains is left, and Mrs. Judah 1 will probably be confined this week.
You must be a dear good girl and learn Fred. to be a good boy. I think there will be an opportunity for you to join me in the course of next Winter in company with the other ladies of the Regiment left behind. —I will write to you from evry place we put in shore. You must write to me soon and direct as I have told father.
It distresses me dearest to think that this news has to be broken to you just at this time. But bear it with fortitude. Our seperation will not be a long one anyway. At least lets hope so. Good buy dear dear Julia. Kiss Fred. a thousand times. A thousand kisses for you dearest Julia
July 15th 1852
MY DEAREST JULIA;
What would I not give to know that you are well at this time? This is about the date when you expected to be sick and