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is indeed fearful
under such a leader as Santa Anna . Was ever greater folly committed than in releasing that
Arch Fiend to lead the hosts of Mexico? Many officers believe the fate of our Division to be
sealed and that few, very few will ever see their native land again, the most sanguine do not
believe one half will ever recross the Rio Grande. As a specimen of the mortality, in the
company that we brought from Old Point three were killed in battle, three have died of disease,
several were wounded and some seven or eight are completely broken in constitution! ­ Tis
thought that in about ten days, troops will come up from Monterey, when Gen
Worth expects
again to be thrown far in advance. The survivors of our little Division will scarce have reached
the United States when they will be attacked by M
Black, the Honorable M
Black and other
lying scoundrels as "worthless, effeminate & inefficient." Truly we have a bright prospect
before us. However I am not [4]dissatisfied and could I hear from home, would be just as happy
here as in the United States. But I very rarely get a letter, I believe I have received but three
from the two Carolinas since I have been in Mexico. I wished to have given you some account
of the manners and customs of the people, but find that I have wasted my paper in trifles. The
women are more intelligent than the men, frank & warm-hearted, but generally, impure. Some
of them are the most beautiful beings, I ever saw. The men with few exceptions are suspicious,
jealous, cowardly, mean, effeminate & contemptible. We are advancing the general interests of
humanity by killing as many of them as possible ­ Tell M
Ross that I have not heard from him
and in fact from any one in South Carolina for nearly three months ­ Write soon and direct to
Worths Division at Saltillo. Your letter will probably reach me at San Luis Potosi. Do not
let the little children forget me. I would be delighted to see them once more. Tell Mrs Latta that
I hope she will occasionally remind my fair friends that the Dons have not yet taken my scalp ­
My kind regards to all who pray friendship to inquire about me.
Yours &c

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