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Frances Marvin Smith Webster1840-08-19Lucien Bonaparte WebsterHoulton, ME46.1261806-67.8402316I must take advantage, my dear husband, of the relief afforded by Josephine having fallen into a little slumber to write you a few hasty lines, as I know you must be anxious to hear from your dear child. She continued very sick-- NA --until yesterday when her disease was checked, and since then she has continued to amend [improve] rapidly. Today she holds up her head and takes notice of persons and things and indeed has made one or two attempts to play. She is moreover exceedingly cross which everyone says is a very good sign. I shall hope that with care she will be well in a few days. The doctor cut her gums Sunday. She has six teeth coming at once. Two of them have made their appearance, and by the time you return she will have her mouth full. The doctor said I was too unwell to nurse her, and as it injured both of us, that I must wean her; it is now three days since I commenced weaning her and it will be accomplished in two or three more, I hope.It is very fortunate that you did not delay your journey until Monday, for that day Josie was so very ill and I so much worn out and overcome by watching and anxiety, that you would have found it a very great trial to leave us. The ladies have all been very kind, and assisted me as much as possible and yesterday I prevailed upon Hannah Clements to come over and do the work in the kitchen for two or three days so that I shall have Sarah's assistance upstairs until our dear Josephine is better.I have been trying in my own mind to follow your route, and imagine that tonight you will be under your father's roof. What a happiness for you and them! And how much I wish I could participate in it. I almost fear I never shall see those dear parents of yours for whom I feel so much affection. However, your being enabled to visit them is such a gratification that I will not and ought not to repine at my own privations.We get nothing new by mail, but General Eustis this morning informed Major Kirby that he would be ordered to Eastport [Maine] the first of next month. I have not yet heard whether any other companies go there, but the garrison rumor is that two companies are to go to Portland. If your company is ordered anywhere before your return I shall pack up everything that we wish to take with us except our personal baggage and send it with the company. I do not anticipate any trouble even if I have to go myself.Colonel Pierce [the regimental executive officer, or second in command] has been particularly attentive. He has been to see me twice every day. He was here last evening about dusk, and I hear this morning that after he went home he was suddenly while sitting in his chair taken with a stroke of apoplexy, and continued very ill all night. He is however much better this morning.I don't know how many times I have been interrupted since I commenced writing, but I have managed to scrawl everything of importance. I hope that by the next mail I shall be able to write to Father, which I have not done yet. I shall write to you again in a few days and direct to Sackets Harbor. If you see Mrs. Waite remember me most affectionately to her and the Captain.-- NA --And write to me soon. God bless you my dear husband and restore you soon to your affectionate Frances.