Frances Marvin Smith Webster1848-05-14Lucien BonaparteGovernors Island, NY40.6894501-74.016792I have not heard from you my dearest husband since I wrote to you last week. And as I have not been over to town, nor seen anyone besides the family here, I have little to communicate of interest save mere domestic details. The newspapers of course you receive, and with them the stirring accounts from Europe. Also General Scott's trial is full of interest. I have not been able to get the papers for you in regular succession. Tomorrow I shall get the weekly Herald containing Secretary [William] Marcy's letter which is a masterpiece of diplomacy, so artfully covering the injustice of the administration to our great chieftain Scott, that with the multitude, ignorant of military law and discipline Scott will appear quite in the wrong. Scott is said to be on his way home, and as he was embarked at Vera Cruz for this place I suppose he will soon arrive in this city.Fanny has been to church the last two Sundays. The first Sunday when she saw Dr. McVickar come out in his white robes she was very much distressed, and looking at him asked if that poor man was sick, or what he wore his night gown for? Today however she behaved very well, having gotten fairly over her astonishment at the organ and other novelties of the place.I have not yet decided whether I shall go on to Geneva and Syracuse this summer or not; after my visit to New Haven I shall determine. Dr. Russell wishes and advises me to remain here if I can obtain pleasant quarters, and proposes that I should make an arrangement with Major and Mrs. Waite (who are expected to be stationed here) and occupy a portion of the large building which he will take as commanding officer, and if they wish it keep house in common with them. I doubt whether this arrangement can be satisfactorily effected, and if it were not for the great expense of travelling should not hesitate about going on to Syracuse as I can board there for $6 a week and I could not keep house for much if any less. I am very anxious now to go where Josie can have some means of improvement beyond what I can bestow upon her. . . .I do not know what to say on the subject of the little Mexicana, and must leave you to act according to your own judgment. Among all the various spoils-- NA --which I have heard of as being brought from the conquered land, I have not heard of Mexican children. Your acquisition will be unique at least.Major Kirby has brought home a quantity of silver plate, which he purchased very low at auction. Many other officers have brought handsome silver pitchers, spoons, and so forth. These would be useful, and I have no objection to your bringing a supply, but I cannot say to you as Mrs. C. F. Smith did to her husband "Charlie, make a grab at the Virgin's petticoats. I think her diamonds would look better decorating a living room than a dead saint." The letter containing these expressions fell into the hands of the pious Mexicans and they of course looked upon it as the height of profanity. Belton brought a quantity of diamonds to his wife. I don't know whether they ever adorned the Virgin or not.Nauman I am told is Lieutenant Governor of Vera Cruz, and Winder military commander or I suppose in command of the Artillery there. I hope you will not be sent to Vera Cruz this summer, but I do not believe in the confirmation of this treaty with Mexico, and I think you might reasonably ask to come home on recruiting service. There are many officers at home, in good health, who have been out of Mexico for more than a year. In a month more we shall know with certainty the fate of the treaty, and we can then think of arrangements for the future. .