Dear Father & Brother
Col. Blood has just handed me your letter, for which I am most grateful.
Having before heard of Fredericks death & that you were missing my anxiety on your account has been most intense. Though my dear brother I shall never see again here, yet I thank God you and Jason still live. Poor Frederick has perished in a good cause! The success of which cause I trust will yet bring joy to millions.
My “circumstances and prospects” are much the same as when I last wrote you. The trial of Mr Williams & I, is before Cato in October I believe the 4th Don’t know whether or not the others will get any trial here: Judge Lecompte is reported sick. And as no notice of the names of the Jurors & Witnesses has been served on them it looks as if the intention is to hold them over to another term.
Wealthy has the chills & fever almost every day – She succeeds in checking it only a short time. It would afford us a great satisfaction to see you and Jason, He, and, I have no doubt you could come up with some ons without any risk If Gov. Geary should not release us, I still think of going with you
whenever you think it best, to some place out of reach of a re-arrest. I can, I have no doubt succeed in making my escape to you from here where W. & Johnny might join us. There is some talk of our being removed to Leavenworth soon, if we are, I suppose the difficulty of escape would be very much increased. I am anxious to see you both, in order to perfect some plan of escape in case it should appear best. Come up if you consistently can.
The battle of Osawatomie is considered here as the great fight so far and considering the enemies loss, it is certainly a great victory for us, certainly a very dear burning of the town for them. This has proved most unmistakably that “Yankees will fight”.
Every one I heard speaking of you are loud in your praise The Missourians in this region show signs of great fear.
Col. Cook was heard to say that “if our party were prudent in view of their success, there was nothing to prevent our having every thing our own way.”
Hoping to see you both soon
I am as ever
Your affectionate son & brother
Capt J B