U.S. Frigate Potomac
Boston October 18th, 1834
My dear Sister
I received yours, three in one, this even-
ing just after I had dispatched one to Father, & for which I
am much indebted to you & Aunt & Sam. I will write to Sam
from abroad. Let your first letter to me be directed accord-
ing to promise & tell me all about the young ladies, you
forgot several in your last. While I think of it remember
me to all of them separately & collectively, I have carried
away more rings &c from the ladies of Boston, than from
those of Lancaster, of their hearts we shall say nothing
but hope for the best.
I will have a paper sent with a list of the
officers to you. We have been so much visited a talked of
in Boston that some Poet scratched off the following lines
to us, a noble subject surely
All hands are on board, & the gay gallant ship
Sits light as a bird on the wave,
And the farewell that falls from each kind, friendly lip,
Is sadness to thoughts of the brave
For Sweethearts and wives bend their own tearful eyes
To the spot where the ship gently rides.
For soon she will go from our bright Northern skies
And roam 'mid the broad ocean tides.
But there's a kind watch o’er the confident crew,
That never remits its blest care
And the mariner dreans in his slumber anew
That the friend of his bosom, is there,
Rest, rest, thee tired sailor, for He that's aloft
Controls both the wave and the wind
And Hopes sweetest vision shall visit, full oft,
The dear ones you leave here behind
When other bright skies, and when other bright lands
Come soft to your rapturous view
Remember the hearts, and remember the hands,
That absent are still pledged to you.
The charms that shall dazzle in other gay scenes
When faded will bring but regret,
And reflection shall tell that a sea intervenes
‘Twixt thee & the dearest scene yet.
Let the name of Columbia still swell on the ear
Where’er the Potomac shall ride:
Tho’ danger should come, be the thought of pale fear
Like a drop on the deep ocean tide.
When dangers are passed, when new laurels are gained
A world still our Navy's proud scope
Be our flag then the signal of honor unstained
Each star rise a beacon of hope.
(You may read them for the edification of the young
ladies generally, when they come to see you)
So you see we have been the cause of some inspir-
ation among the Boston folks; I expect that a Mrs Reynolds
will rise from Boston ere many years have elapsed. Naval
men do stand so high among the ladies of this good city,
that it would not be very difficult to take from among the
fairest of the fair, a companion for the wedded state, I
shall come to Boston when I feel so inclined.
We are detained today, by a very strong head wind,
all going ashore is stopped among the officers, & the first
fair wind, today, tomorrow, or the next day, the canvass
wings of the Gallant Potomac will be extended to the Breeze,
and we shall be wafted far from the land of our birth, where
all our hopes & affections are & forever will be centered;
& shall then even look forward to the happy hours when
we shall again return.
Remember me to any of the young ladies (who may)
enquire for me, for those who do not, I care nothing. (. . . .
torn . . . . .) the direction of the next letter. I left my
batchelor's button and some more flowers at home, take
care of them until I return; take care of my Marked Hat
also. Where is Edward Hand going, shall I probably meet
with him in the Mediteranean, or is he going some other
course, Has Hub Jenkins got his appointment. I hope to
see him in the Constitution next spring with loads of
letters for me, by the bye, Commod. Elliott told ( )
night, that he expected to bring her "Old Ironsides" out,
I hope Hubby will come along with him. Condole with Miss
Emily for me, for the severe loss which she has sustained
in losing John Hands affections. I do not know which party
has been the loser.
When you write mention what the young men of my
acquaintance are about, & do not forget Sharp, I take much
interest in his welfare.
We are now getting underweigh & shall soon leave
far behind us, the land of our birth, Good bye, God bless you
Your most affectionate brother