Frances Marvin Smith Webster1848-04-27Lucien BonaparteGovernors Island, NY40.6894501-74.016792We arrived here safely dearest husband after a rapid journey of only twelve hours from Baltimore. Uncle Edmund accompanied us, and the children behaved well and bore the journey with apparently little fatigue. Dr. Russell met us at Jersey City, and we accompanied him immediately to the Island.In the morning being Sunday I went to church, and according to promise stood up as sponsor with Aunt Katherine at the baptism of her four children. The Chapel is adjoining the Doctor's premises, and is a beautiful little Gothic edifice, quite an ornament to the island. I believe the public are indebted to the exertions of Dr. [John] McVickar for the erection of this chapel.There are a great many recruits here and a number of officers and families of officers who are in Mexico. Dr. Russell is very anxious that I should remain here and go to housekeeping in some of the quarters here. He thinks it will be much better for me and the children, but I feel very undecided about the matter, and hope that before long we shall hear that peace is confirmed by the Mexican Congress, and that you will be on your way home.-- NA --I have seen Colonel Crane. He is looking remarkably well, and says that he thinks you and your company will be on your way to the United States in less than six weeks, and that the 1st Artillery may expect to be stationed in New England.There is a very long list of brevets before Congress and among others you are nominated for the brevet of Lieutenant Colonel. There is however considerable doubt as to the confirmation of all the brevets; they are so numerous and as yours has already encountered some opposition I should not be astonished if it were struck out. Brother Edmund is nominated for the brevet of 1st Lieutenant and of Captain, but I think he will probably obtain but one. Donaldson is nominated for a Major's brevet and Magruder for that of Lieutenant Colonel.Uncle Edmund thinks that the retired bill and list will pass and be made out this session. If so you will be a full major at once.I have not yet seen Mr. Davies, but expect to do so in a few days. Mr. Phalen is very sick with the varioloid [a form of smallpox], and I do not like to expose myself or the children to the danger of infection by going there before the period in which it is communicated is past. Mr. and Mrs. Phalen expect to leave for Europe the 1st of June, and will remain there a year. They take both children with them, and will return with a third, which I hope will prove to be a boy.Your pay accounts were cashed by Major Kirby on the 24th this month. My journey from Baltimore here cost twenty-five dollars.Pamela Kirby is here spending her vacation. She will return to New Haven in about two weeks, and I think I shall accompany her there and make a visit of a week or two, hoping meanwhile to learn whether you are to come home this summer or not.Professor Davies is now here having some situation in the college here. I shall probably see him.The children are both well and fast asleep and I am very tired having been in town shopping all day, and as I have two other letters to write tonight you must excuse the brevity of this. . . .