&c. Fred. must talk very well! Often I set upon the deck of the vessel and wish I could see the little dog runing about. Does he ever say anything about his Pa ? Dont let him forget me dearest Julia. Kiss him and the babe for me a thousand times dearest.
Adieu dear der Julia
Your affectionate husband
August 20th 1852
MY DEAR WIFE.
We have arrived, all safely, at this place where we will remain, probably, for some three weeks. When we leave here it will be for Fort Van Couver as I have told you in all my previous letters from Panama up to this place. —Benecia 1 is a nice healthy place where our troops will pick up what they lost on the Isthmus in a very short time. I can assure you it was no little that all lost in the way of flesh. Capt. McConnell 2 and myself when we got across were in prime order for riding a race or doing anything where a light weight was required. I have not been sick but the degree of prostration that I felt could not be produced in any other latitude except that of the tropics, and near the equator at that.
I should not write you now because there is no Mail going for several days but I am going up to the Stanislands, to-morrow, to see John and before I get back the Mail may leave, and I can