I hope to be able to return to Washington before hot weather. But perhaps engagements here may not permit me.
I fear we are on the eve of a war to be begun like that with Mexico. Rely on it, something extraordinary is in the wind. Look out & stand from under!
Will you do me the favour to enquire of young Mr. Dickens & of Mrs. Carter what they would charge me for board & lodging in Washington two large rooms & airy – one a bed room. Please make the enquiry in confidence for me. Their rooms are convenient to the Capitol. Are they cool & pleasant in Summer? Oblige me by not mentioning my application to any third person till I write you. I am anxious to be near you & converse about old times. I like Bealis well -- but it is too far from the Capitol for an old man.