June 4th 1851
I wrote you in my last that we had all been ordered away from here and that it was uncertain whether we would go to Sacket's Harbor or to Fort Niagara. We are still in suspense but I suppose this evenings mail will decide. Maj. Gore's Comp.y left for Gratiot last Friday. The Maj. and Mrs. Gore are still here. Mrs. Gore has a very fine daughter. 1
Day after to-morrow is the time set for our departure but I presume I shall not leave for several days after.
The Biddle house opened this morning and I commenced with them. Your letter from Bethel got here in due time and in answer to your fears relative to boarders let me tell you that there was no boarders but Col. Grayson Clarke a clerk and myself. I have the room I took over Mr. Rood's Book store yet and find it quite as pleasant as it would be at the hotel.
Capt. McDowell leaves to-day or to-morrow for Jeff. Bcks. I gave the Capt. your scarf. Mrs. McDowell will give you all the news from Detroit. Dont neglect to call upon her soon after her arrival.
Mrs. Whistler & Louisa 2 came strait for Detroit as soon as they heard that we were to be moved. I am very glad they were away when the order arrived. McConnell 3 got the Col. to apply to have our destination changed to Sackets Harbor and the old lady dislikes it very much. You know then as a matter of course that if she had been here the Col. would never have dared apply for the change.
There is no news of importance in Detroit. Col. Chapman 4 of the 5th Inf.y is here on his way to join his Regt. I sent some word to Fred. by him.
Dearest Julia I miss you very much and little Fred. too. You dont tell me whether he walks yet or not. Why dont you write