Frances Marvin Smith Webster1847-10-02Lucien BonaparteNewport, RI41.4901024-71.3128285. . . .Of late I have been very much buoyed up with the hope of peace, but alas all is again adverse, and I am completely discouraged. You will see by the slips I send you the sad losses we have met with. The extra of today which appeared this morning gives us but a meager account of the engagement, but I am told another one has appeared this afternoon giving a few more particulars, the amount of which is that we have lost 1700 (killed and wounded). General Worth is reported to be either dead or mortally wounded by the explosion of shell at a place called the King's Mill, where three hundred of our men were killed by the enemy's shells. General Persifer Smith is also dead. He is spoken of by those who know him as a very great loss to the Army.God grant that those whose names are dear to us may not appear in the list of sufferers, but this state of incertitude and anxiety is very trying. In a day or two more I suppose we shall have further details. The telegraph brings the news with such lightning speed that we shall have it almost as soon as it comes from Vera Cruz, though I suppose you get it all before I send it to you. There is nothing in the papers of any interest except the Mexican news. When I see anything that I think will interest you I will send it to you. The poor 1st Regiment suffered so terribly in the battle of Churubusco that I hope it may have escaped in this last engagement. I will enclose to you General Scott's official report as soon as it is received here. . . .You ask what property I left at Pensacola, etc. You should recollect that you advised me by letter to pack up everything and have them stored in the Quartermaster's care in New York. I accordingly packed everything which I could not dispose of. Your desk, the two lounges, the two old blue boxes, a small black box, and an ordinance box with one barrel were shipped to New York by Mr. Jerrison. They are still in the Quartermaster's store there. Mr. Jerrison sold the clock but did not turn over the proceeds to me. Major Van Ness cashed your pay accounts the 12th June.I left the hominy mill in the care of Ordinance Sergeant Armstrong, and Peggy in the charge of Mr. Williams. She was to try to get 8 dollars a week and if she did not do well Mr. Williams was to send her to St. Augustine by way of Key West. I left letters for him to that effect, and a letter to Mr. [Benjamin] Putnam's agent in Key West requesting him to take care of her and send her on to St. Augustine. I should have requested Mr. Strong-- NA --to act as agent for her in Pensacola but he was absent in New Orleans when I left.I have memorandums of all the expense I have been at for Mary Mills. For a long time she was with me merely as a matter of charity on my part, for she was sick and could not work. After she was able to work I made her do what I could. On my journey here she acted as my servant but was rather a troublesome one. I suppose I should have been at the same expense in the journey for any other servant though I should probably have had more satisfaction with a good servant. Mary was with me eleven months. In that time I gave her to the full amount of $20 in clothing, paid $6 for her passage to New Orleans, $5 for her board in New Orleans, $7 for her passage here, $6 for her board here -- $44. She is very anxious to come back and live with me. She did not get work in the factory and has been living in a family where she had to do a great deal of hard work and only received 50 cents a week. I have engaged a place for her in a respectable family here where she will get a dollar a week as long as she behaves well, but she will never live with me again with my consent. She is an orphan and therefore I am willing to do all I can for her, and you must act according to your own judgment about making Thomas pay her expenses. If you do not feel that you can afford to give that sum to her, I think we ought to give half of it. . . .P. S. My servant's name is Dora Eccles. She is fair complectioned, blue eyes and light hair, about 5 feet high, but I dismissed her a month since and have been without any since, and do not think I shall employ another this winter. Mary Mills has just come in to beg me to let her stay with me tonight for the woman she was living with has got angry and turned her out of the house after eight o'clock. I have taken her in of course.