well do otherwise. She always enquires very particularly after you evry mail.
Give my love dearest Julia to your Pa & Ma and all the rest of the family. Tell Fred. to be a good boy and recollect his pa and mind evry thing his grand pa & ma tells him. Kiss him and Ulys for me and write a great deel about them. I will close here for the present hoping that before the Mail closes we will get the mail which has just come up and then I can let you know if I get anything.
Adieu dear wife
P. S. There is not a particle of hope of geting the Mail that come up in time to add anything to this If the Mail should come in time to give me five minuets I will write you another letter if it is only to tell you whether or not I have heard from you. Do not fret dear Julia about me. I am perfectly well and have entirely recovered from those attacks of cramp which I had a few weeks since. They amounted to nothing except they were painful. Adieu again dear dear Julia.
Your affectionate husband
Columbia Barracks O. T.
January 4th 1853
The Mail has arrived and brought me a long letter from you in which you give me a long account of our dear little ones. How much I should like to see them! I had a long dream about Fred.