next [...] days I would have nothing to regret in this move. I expect by it to do something for myself.
The only ladies with us are Mrs. Gore, Mrs. Wallen, Mrs. Slaughter, Mrs. Collins & Mrs. Underwood. 3 They poor things I fear will regret it before twenty four hours. It is now in the midst of the rainy season and we have to cross the mountains on mules, through passes which are too narrow for two abreast, and the ascent and descent to precipitate for any other animal. Give my love to all at home dearest Julia. I hope you recieved the check for one hundred that I sent you. I have one hundred & fifty dollars in the hands of Col. Swords, 4 Qr. Master in New York which I will direct him to send you.
Adieu Dearest, A thousand kisses for yourself, Fred. and our other little one. I will let no opportunity of mailing a letter pass unimproved. Write often dearest to your affectionate husband
ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked "Steamship."
Memorandum of Contract made this day, the twenty first day of July, One thousand Eight hundred and fifty two, between José Ma. Saravia of the first part and U. S. Grant, Bvt. Capt. & R. Q. M. 4th Infantry of the second part:
I, José Ma. Saravia, the first part agree to deliver (as soon) as soon as possible in Panama all the remainder of the 4th Regi