Steamer Golden Gate
Between San Diego & Sanfransico Ca[l]
August 16th 1852
MY DEAREST JULIA;
There is a bare chance that we may meet a steemer to-day from San fransisco and if we do the Captain intends to send the passenger's letter's aboard. If we do meet the steamer you will get this letter by the same mail as the one I wrote from near Acapulco, and therefore I can only add that health still prevails on board, and that I am perfectly well. My greatest anxiety to write is to let you know that a rumor which you will probably see in the papers is without foundation; namely that the Golden Gate, with all her passengers, was lost off Monteray Calafornia. While in at San Diego this morning we recievedSanfransisco papers up to the latest dates and saw a rumor to the above effect, and although the paper did not credit the report I knew it would distress you until you heard a possitive contradiction.
We will get into San Francisco to-morrow night and in the course of a few weeks proceed to Oregon. In the mean time I shall visit John. 1 As soon as I can get my papers off after our arrival at Benecia (which is within two or three hours of San Franciso) I will apply for a seven days leave and go to Knights Ferry. The distance is only one days travel.
You dont know dearest Julia how fortunate it is that you are not along at present. How we will be situated is as yet all in the dark. It may be that we will have to tramp over the country looking after Indians for months, or it may be that we will be quiet, but in tents, without a single comfort. As soon as we are atal perminent it is our intention to have one of the officers who have left their wives behind go, at the mutual expense of all, and bring out all the ladies. It may be Maj. Alvord or it may be me who will go, or it may be that Col. Buchanan 2 will be comeing