Summit of Lookout Mt. Tenn,
July 30, 1857
[?] are surprised at my locality, [?] must think me desperately [?] in my [?] for enjoying mountain life; but when we reached Chattanooga at 5 [?] oclock this evening, it was found that the dignitaries [of?] other Delegates were already the Mountain and carriages waiting at the [?] to take us up also. So we stepped in immediately and followed our illustrious [?] [diceprs?] [?] Davis however felt too much exhaustion for the [?] and remained at Chattanooga, to come up in the morning. [Bro?]. [Giegg?] [?], left our carriage soon after [commencing?] the ascent, and finished the journey on foot, relieving ourselves [?] and then by stopping to view the [?] as we gained a new elevation - occasionally
plucking a mountain flower, or sending a rock down the mountain side to signify our [?] to the world below. It is [?] cool up here, and it is well I have my thick coat with me. _ I judge from the arrangements made, that the convention is is to have its [?] here. The hotels on the mountain seem larger and better than the one in Chattanooga. [Bishops?] Atkinson and Freeman are not here, but I believe all the others are present. [Dr?] Warren from [Nola?] is here, but I have not met with him, he being at another house. There is no lay delegation from S. Car. I do not favor the location at Chattanooga or on Lookout Mt. The latter is a [?] [?] idea - and Chattanooga is sickly. What the folks will decide [?] is more than I can foretell. I suspect there will be varying opinions. I got through the journey better than I expected, and am now fresher [and?] [highter?] than when I left home. I could very easily travel on in the same way without inconnvenience last night I slept some in the [?]. Reaching At[lanta]
[At]lanta at 3 o'clock this morning and remaining there till [?]. I had still more sleep in a hotel. We had several delegates on the train to-day from Ala. and Georgia, and others are attracted hither by the occasion, so that the houses are crowded. I suppose there will be a short [?], so that I can easily get home on the 11th, as I intended when I left home. [Bis?] [Gregg?] and I are talking about stopping a day on the way home to visit Stone Mt. , if we adjourn Convention in time to admit of it. It is past 11 o' clock and I reckon I will bid you good night, a king [?] upon thee, dearest, and all the dear ones at home. - Ever Thine - [signed] A.