Portsmouth, Febry 14th 1837
My dear Sister,
Your letter of the 5th came on Friday last just
a month from the date of your last, rather to long a time for
you to allow to pass without writing. Miss Summers I rec’d
a few days previous, & I shall answer it in a day or two. She
was quite well, & also her Father & Mother.
I am happy ot hear that you have had some gaiety afloat
in Lancaster this winter, & I should like very much to have
been a participant in them, & behold the beauty you mention.
I have not been idle here in that way for I have been to many
parties lately, have had a siege of waltzing, & which is not
yet ended, for more are to come, & I find a little amusement
gives me a greater relish for Bowditch, I wish the examination
I would have made good use of the sleigh & horses had I
been home & I should have dispensed with the drivers attendance,
that is what we here do not enjoy. Snow we have had in
abundance, but it never lasts long enough. & if if did, horses
& sleighs would be wanting, there are only two of the latter
in Norfolk & Portsmouth. Sam came out in the dance, quite a
circumstance, his letter accompanied yours. You tell me you
go to Cornwall in the Spring, but when & how & all the particu-
lars you neglect. What time in the spring. What will be done
with the old house, will you live in the new house there, will
Annie C be with you & all about it. you forgot to mention, in
the later part of June, I expect to return, will you be then
in Lancaster or Cornwall.
I cannot tell you what I want the Red Handkf preserved
for but be very careful of it.
The President has nominated for promotion 10 Master
Commdt to be Port Captains. 20 Lieuts to be Master Commdt,
40 P.M. to be Lieuts. & as there appears no prospect of a
Navy Bill passing, I am very glad he has done so & perhaps
next session, we may have the Navy increased. I would give
the world to have a war with Mexico, it would promote us all
immediately, but I am afraid Santa Anna will be gladly received
by the Mexicans & there away goes all hope of a war, by the way
I saw him when he was in Norfolk.
I am writing this in a great hurry as you may perceive &
have not time for more. So with my love & remembrance to you
I am your affectionate brother
P.S. Tell John to write me, I want a history of Adah from him.