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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1848
|P. J. Roe to Sarah Whiteman reporting the death of four soldiers from the measles
|14 February 1848
|Roe, P. J. (1848)
|Reports the death of four soldiers from the measles. Has recently left Mexico City and is camping out in tents, which he likes much better than being in the city as the men are much healthier. Reports the news of peace, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, signed 2 February 1848. Tells Whiteman that he has not deceived her. He writes, "I think it entirely necessary for a woman to be satisfied fully of the heart of man and know before going to far that he has a breast that beats for her but of this I know that you are aware of my feelings towards you and more I wish that every thought that ever enter my mind in regard to you was written on the blue heavens in letters where you could read them, then I think your fears would vanish and you would view your best friend in a proper light." Encloses flowers picked in Mexico City (not included). Also mentions a black servant in camp. Written on pink paper.
|Mexican War Military History Soldier's Letter Death Epidemic Latin and South America Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Military Camp Health and Medical Peace Treaty Love Letters Women's History Servant African American History African American Troops
|Roe, P. J. (fl. 1848) Whiteman, Sarah (fl. 1848)
|Molino Del Rey, Mexico
|Health & Medicine; The Mexican War; Women in American History; African Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859