crazy sometimes to see Fred. I cannot be seperated from him and his Ma for a long time.
Dearest I hope you have been well taken care of and contented at our house. I know they would do evrything to make you comfortable. I have often feared that you would fret and give yourself trouble because I was not there.
Give my love to all at home dear and kiss our little ones for their pa. Write me all about both of them.
Adieu dear dear Julia,
Your affectionate husband
August 30th 1852
I have just returned from the Stanislaus, bringing John with me. 1 I find that there is a mail just being made up for the states and as I told you in my last letter, (which you will recieve at the same time as this) I now hasten to give you the account of my visit. —I started from here in the evening, by steamboat, for Stocton where I arrived before morning. At Stockton I got a mule and rode over to your brothers, d[is]tant about forty miles. I was very much surprised to find houses almost evry