Waite, Mary. Letter to brother, Samuel K. Platt. St. Augustine. Dec. 20, 1841. Includes transcriptions

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St. Augustine December 20th 1841

My dear brother,

Your letter of the 26th of November was received a few days ago, and

I thank you most sincerely for it. It is a truly excellent letter, and I wish

you would often favor me with such. I have been long looking for a letter from

you, but had almost given up the idea of ever receiving another. Do may dear

brother write me often. I know that your time is very much occupied, but you

can find a few moments to write to us. I was sadly disappointed that we

could not go to Plattsburgh when Capt. Clary went, but I now fell sure that

it was all for the best. It is so very trying to the constitution to change

from south to north in the winter, that I think had we done so, we might not

have enjoyed as good health ad we do here. This is a delightful winter

climate, and I often wish you were with us to enjoy it. I am thankful that

you were not here through the p ast summer. We have had a dreadfully
sickly season; e and we often spoke of you, and thought had you been here you

would not have escaped the fever. It is all over now, and Augustine is itself

again. Parties and dancing are the order of the day. A stranger would not

for a moment imagine that two months ago, an epidemic was sweeping off

great numbers of the inhabitants. Then all was gloom and sorrow, now all

is life and gaiety. I should feel unwilling toWanother summer here,

and I do not think there is the least prospect that we shall. I wish I

could say that we shall go to Plattsburgh, but I cannot. It depends on so

many contingencies that we can calculate upon nothing with any certainty-

We hear from various sources that a great effort will be made this winter


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to separate the staff from the line of the army. In that event, we shall go

to the regiment. The 2nd Infy. will probably go north in the spring, but

there is no hope of its being stationed at Plattsburgh. Should not the staff

.... j.this winter, I see no reason why we should not go to Plattsburgh

in the spring. I sincerely hope it may be so. I cannot bear to give up the

idea of being once more stationed among-i my friends. There are many very many

in Plattsburgh whom I love sincerely, and I feel sure of a hearty welcome

from them. There is very little here to tell you, that would at all interest

you. The news from the seat of war is very favorable. A number of hostile

bands of Indians have recently surrendered themselves, and there are now

at Tampa Bay about 200, ready to embark. There is now a very large number

of men out on a scout south of this. They hope to do great things towards

closing the war, and I sincerely hope they may. There is a steamboat down

south now, and we shall look for its return with great anxiaty as we hope

it will bring us good news from the army. No one who has never seen this

country can imagine the hardships and privations our troops endure on

those scouts. They e&Mw*e undergo it all with a cheerfulv'- S that does

them credit They are all now very sanguine that the war will be so nearly

ended this winter, that it will not be necessary to have more than two

regiments in the territory in the spring. Heaven grant that it may be so.

I now dread this treacherous climate more than the indians-Capt. Waite

is as usual very busy, and in his office from morning until night. He

supplies all the southern pots from this depot, and has two steamboats

and one schooner under his control. We often talk about you and wish you

were with us, but as we shall leave in the spring, it would not be worth




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while for you to take so long a journey, particularly as you are employed by

Capt. Clary. I am surprised to hear ofW Gilman's conduct. I suppose his

disappointment was so great at not being employed at the barracks, that he

did not know how to show it in a gentlemanly way. I am glad to hear that
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your affair with f To is at an end. Never renew it, as Cady

did with his deary. W. Roberts has indeed become a great man. Elisabeth

wrote me about his neglecting to invite you to his party and the reason.

It is too ridiculous. Give my love to Mrs. Roberts, and tell her that it is

not for want of affection that I do not write her, but that I am obliged

to neglect many correspondents with whom I should like to write regularly,

but I cannot find time. Remember me also to Mrs. ," Mr. Roberts might not

like to be remembered by a clerk's sister. I am sorry that Cousin Helen has

so much trouble. I hope she is married 4n this. Give my best love to her and

Mary Campbell also toS.Mj--and Aunt Eliza. I have never received the promised

letter from Mary Campbell. Give love to Mrs. .-,and all my other friends

who inquire for me, not forgetting Rhoda Fonquet. I am rejoiced to find that

Elisabeth is becoming so much more cheerful. The letter shew it, and Mary

writes me that she is so. Capt. Waite wishes me to ask you if you have

been at any expense for Dart, if so to let him know. I am sorry that Cuff is

sold, but I suppose it was best to do so. When you next write, tell me what

you think of sis. MaryT ihee that she is improving in every respect.
writes
Oh how I want to see you all. I fe1l as if I cannot be separated longer than

spring from our dear mother and all the rest of you. I must tell you that

every night as I put out the lamp to go to bed, Capt Waite always says "Good

night Sam." ftv see you are often thought and spoken of. Capt W. sends love

in which I most heartily join. Write soon and believe me

as ever yours most affectionately Mary--




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