where we were going from the start. I expect however, by the mail which is now in San Francisco, that I shall get several. — Night-before-last I dreamed that I got home and found you, Fred. and a beautiful little girl, all asleep. Fred. woke up and we had a long conversation and he spoke as plainly as one of ten years old. Is my dream true, with the exception of my being there? 2 Give my love to all at home and kiss our little ones for me.
Your affectionate Husband
a kiss for you
Columbia Bks. Fort Vancouver O. T.
October 7th 1852
MY DEAREST JULIA;
Another mail has arrived and not one word have I got from you. I have not heard a single word from you since about the 1st of July. I know though dearest that you have written often but your letters being directed to other parts of the country I do not get them. I am in hopes the next mail will bring me several letters. I am very anxious to hear from our little ones and from you dear dear Julia.
I am very much pleased with Vancouver. This is about the best and most populous portion of Oregon. Living is expensive but money can be made. I have made on one speculation fifteen hundred dollars since I have been here and I have evry confidence that I shall make more than five thousand within the year.
The population of Oregon is much less than I supposed. There is not over 15000 inhabitants in the whole territory