U.S. Ship Plymouth
Naples June 5th 1845
Mr. Dear Father
As Harry leaves us here on his way home I write to say that we have had a charming time since leaving Mahon. Rebecca has been very [ ] and has seen London, Geneva, Leghorn, Florence, and this place under as favorable circumstances as our short stay permits. Captain Henry is most kind and takes as much care of her as I do myself. She has everything in her cabin that she can want and is as comfortable and happy as a queen.
We expect to sail in a few days for Palermo, Malta and Venice unless some news received today from Syria should change our destination to that quarter. We learn that the Turks and [ ] have risen upon the Christians and murdered them and that the American missionaries are in the scrape. If this should prove true, one or both ships will go to [ ] to bring away any survivors. The wonder is that the Turks did not drive them away long ago. How long would Turkish missionaries be allowed in America is the way in which the question must be looked at.
I am very glad to receive a letter from Kate by the 1st May steamer, and to learn that you were all well.
Most of your letters from Cornwall must have gone astray – as I received very few during the Winterıs and have been advised of four that rest in the London P.O. I cannot conceive the reason: as the others come direct enough. One of Janeıs letters mentions something about James having lost the deeds of the Ohiolands, but so slightly. That I do not understand her: and indeed, it is only from this that I am aware of his having gone there. I guess one of the missing letters contains accounts of his trip, but I would like to know the circumstances of his visit, and the result of my bad management, the thought of which still gives me a fever. Jane mentions that the price of iron is advancing. I shall be happy to learn that you have sold the Lucinda metal for a fair profit.
We have seen accounts of the fire at Pittsburgh. I hope Jim has practice [sic] sufficient to keep him alive. I have been astonished to learn from Jacob Krugıs letter that he has been quite a beau among the girls.
I must beg you to excuse these hasty lines. My chief reason is to let you know that we are so very comfortable on board and are making the most of our good fortune. Henry will give you full particulars.
We have been up the mountain: to the summit of the crater close to the fire and amidst falling red hot lava, at midnight, and waited there for the sunrise. The spectacle was tremendously grand. I had Becky carried up in chair, so that she did not suffer any fatigue. Mr. & Mrs. Foot and all the Street family were with us. We have been to Pompeii, Herculancum, B[ ], C[ ] & c &c &c but had not time to go to Rome, as we expected, which has been a disappointment, but as Rebecca is seeing so much we can afford to lose Rome with some feeling of philosophy.
On the Queenıs birthday (the 30th) the officers were presented to the King at his [ ]. It was very splendid. In the evening we had a Box at the famous San Carlos: where their [ ] and all the Court appeared in full dress and diamonds.
Becky was crazy with delight.
I must say good night, and with much love to you all
Your affectionate son
John Reynolds Esq.
Naples June 21st
For further and important particulars I refer you to a letter which I have just written to Mr. Krug and which will go by the same mail with this. W.R.
Outside Cover: John Reynolds, Esq.
United States of North America