plainly now as any body. Does he ever ask after his pa[?] Did you get the presents I sent you and him ? I know you were pleased with them. I have a very handsom watch and chain that John gave me to send to you. I will send it by the first opportunity.
Is Fred. a good boy or has his aunt Ell learnt him to be bad ? Pinch him for me. Kiss our little one for me. A thousand kisses for yourself dearest.
Adieu dear Julia until the next mail. I am in hopes then to have some letters from you to answer.
ALS, DLC-USG. The post of Columbia Barracks was established May 15, 1849, on the Columbia River about 8 miles north of Portland, Ore. Territory. An AGO report of Nov. 15, 1852, lists 292 troops stationed there. SED, 32-2-1, pp. 62-63. A year later, the force had been reduced to 118 as troops were distributed to other Pacific coast posts. Ibid., 33-1-1, pp. 122-3. An act of Congress, March 2, 1853, divided Oregon Territory into Oregon and Washington territories, placing Columbia Barracks in Washington. Orders of July 13, 1853, changed the name of Columbia Barracks to Fort Vancouver. Columbia Barracks, Post Returns, DNA, RG 94. See also Thomas M. Anderson, "Vancouver Barracks—Past and Present," Journal of the Military Service Institution of the United States, 35 (July‐ Oct., 1904), pp. 69-78, 267-79; "Vancouver Barracks," Quartermaster Review, 13 (May-June, 1934), pp. 18-21, 69-70.
Fort Vancouver O. T.
October 26th 1852
MY DEAREST WIFE;
Another mail has arrived and not one word do I get from you either directly or indirectly. It makes me restless dearest, and much more so because I now know that I must wait over two weeks before I can possibly hear. I can write you nothing until