The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861 - Vol. 1

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To Julia Dent Grant

Fort Humboldt Cal.
Jan. 18th 1853 [1854]

MY DEAR WIFE.

After a long and tedious voyage, from San-Francisco to this place, 1 I have arrived in safety. I cannot say much in favor of the place. It is about what I expected before my arrival. You know what my opinions of it were. 2 Imagine a place closed in by the sea having thrown up two tongues of land, closed in a bay that can be entered only with certain winds. 3

In geting here, a distance of but a little more than 250 mile, we were two [days] in coming. There is no mail going but Mr. Hunt is just about starting for S. Francisco and I must avail myself of this occation of geting a letter to where it can be mailed.

Hunt is making application for promotion in a new Regiment, should any be raised this Winter, and any assistance that could be given by your father, or brother Lewis, in the way of writing to Col. Benton 4 he would gladly recieve, and, appreciate. In a few days I hope to have an opportunity of sending you a letter, and of having a steel pen instead of an old quil one, to write with.

Give my love to all at your house and kiss them for me. Our two dear little boys give a dozen extra for their Pa, in Calafornia.

Adieu dear wife
ULYS.

P. S. Mr. Hunt wants me to mention that his application is for a Captaincy. I hope that this matter will be attended to wishing him success.

U. S. G.

ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked Feb. 1, 1854.

1.
USG arrived at Fort Humboldt on Jan. 5, 1854. His orders to join Co. F at Fort Humboldt were dated Oct. 11, 1853, but in the interval he was on detached service. Post Returns, Fort Humboldt, DNA, RG 94.

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