Monte Alto October 23rd. 1809
Why, my dear Sister, do you distress yourself on my account & allow alarms
of danger & of Duels to reach you? Know you Not that I live now only for my
Country, & if, in subserving its interest they cross my path shall your
Brother pusillanimously skulk into a corner?
You must say no, my dear Sister, for I should be unworthy of the
title you bestow on me if I acted thus.
Sometimes it happens when I set out in writing upon a topic out of
the usual course of epistolary communications for the life of me I can not
get set to rights unless I begin again. It is so now, perhaps my head runs
too much on the party to be given me to-morrow in the neighborhood;
preparatory to our military exercises which commence next day & last the
whole week. When they have ended & I do well--for I am a sad correspondent
when I am sick--I will write you a long letter & tell you with what
sincerity I an & shall be as long as I live my dear Sister Yours
The snuff arrived sound & good & I now take a pinch (in
imagination) with you.