April 27th 1849
MY DEAREST JULIA
I recieved your Telagraphic dispach yesterday morning from which I see that you are on your way to St. Louis. I hope you may find all at home well, and get this soon after your arrival. This you know is my Birth day and I doubt if you will think of it once. —I have a room and am staying at present with Mr. Wallen. 1 Wallen and family are as well as can be expected under present circumstances.
I have rented a neat little house in the same neighborhood with Wallen and Gore 2 In the lower part of the house there is a neat double parlour, a dining room, one small bedroom and kitchen. There is a nice upstares and a garden filled with the best kind of fruit. There is a long arbour grown over with vines that will bear fine grapes in abundance for us and to give away. There are currents and plum & peach trees and infact evrything that the place could want to make it comfortable. 3
I will have a soldier at work in the garden next week so that bv the time you get here evrything will be in the nicest order. I find Detroit very dull as yet but I hope that it will appear better when I get better acquainted and you know dearest without you no place, or home, can be very pleasant to me. Now that we are fixed to go to hous keeping I will be after you sooner than we expected when you left. I think about the 1st of June you may look for me. Very likely Ellen will come along and spend the Summer with us. —I hope dearest that you had a very pleasant trip. I know that you have thought of me very often. 4 I have dreamed of you several times since we parted.
I have nothing atal to do here. I have no company and consequently do not go on Guard or to Drills. Mr. Gore and myself are to commence fishing in a day or two and if sucsessful we will spend a great many pleasant hours in that way.