Portsmouth Va October 30,1836
My dear Lydia,
I rec’d your letter last evening, & wish it
had been longer. I am very well & studying very dilligently.
I am getting more accustomed to the change, in comfort
& living & hope to get through the winter very well. The
Frigate Macedonian is to be launched on Tuesday next, & all
the beauties, & every one else for miles around, will be in
the yard to witness it, we of the Navy will be on board,
of course some ladies also, those who have courage enough
to visit, I anticipate quite a lively time for that day,
other times I am a perfect Anchorite. The North Carolina 74
is out in the stream, almost ready for sea, she wants more
men & it is difficult to procure them. I do not think she
can sail for a month or two yet, her destination will be the
Pacific, by the way I wish some of you would tell Mr. Jenkins
that if he will forward immediately endorsed to me at Ports-
mouth a letter for Hubly, I can send it by an officer going
to the Mediteranean, but it must come very soon, I will
write myself to him. I left at home the seal Miss Seaman
gave me, in the wafer box of Father’s desk, take care of it.
I should consider it very strange, very improper,
malicious, unladylike, ungentlemanly, in any one to say,
from seeing youwith Miss Krug that her & I were engaged.
Why Good God its absurd to think of such a thing, no one
would say so, & if they did, why then what matter who
would believe them on such a foundation. No, it will be very
wrong with you to shun her on that account – do not do so.
Idle & busy as some folks are in Lancaster, it must be a
curious state of things, if from two young ladies, who have
been neighbors all their lives, being together they could
come to the conclusion that the brother of one, was engaged
to the other, again I say, do not shun her on that account.
I wrote to Sam the other day, write me a very
long answer to this, & be sure you remember me to all the
young ladies who may ask for me, town & country The mail
closes early this morning & must conclude with my love
to you all, Hal & Ellie included.
I am your most affectionate brother
I must again tell you, not to direct to me as
Midshipman W.R. but “Wm. Reynolds, U.S. Navy, Portsmouth,
Virginia” of course I shall pay Cyrus. (This much I write to
you openly, of course you will not let anyone else see the