furnish' &c To avoid the frequency of requisitions, I directed my Regimental QMaster to make one requisition—and embrace in it—every thing necessary to enable him to perform his duties at the post—getting wood, water, & police purposes, —together with such materials and tools, for fixing the quarters, tables, benches & bunks—Hence, Capt. B. remarks—: to let him have the use of his own explanations, I forward his four notes—If I could get these things in detail— Why not in gross ?—I have carefully avoided giving this officer any orders—nor have I at this time—but the one to make the issue—I have no idea that it is your desire to separate me from my personal staff—to place it under a junior; nor do I suppose you wish me to communicate with my junior through his junior: but suppose it to be your wish that his depot and this post shall be separate and as distinct as those are at Benecia Although I suppose, Capt B. —will never have objection to any use I may wish to make of his stables, & shops all abundantly empty for both of our wants; Yet I would prefer the General to give his instructions—& no doubt be much more satisfactory—I wish the General to believe that I have always managed my posts with strict economy & of small expense & that I have now no disposition to increase them" Ibid.
Bonneville also endorsed USG's letter of Oct. 26, 1852. "Respecting the use of the shops, Capt. Grant knew at the time he received the requisition—that it meant—merely the priviledge of useing shops—in common with himself—I find under the Hospital a room of sufficient capacity to contain any tools &c I may require—t would not have the General believe that I would send my requisitions so irregularly as though the a. q. m. instead of doing so, directly. Forwarding explanation of Capt Grant Regt Q M to Division Hd Quarters—I have so far not had any thing done for myself—but only to put my men in comfortable quarters —& which I know is the Genls wish as well as mine—Most of the boards used are refuse, lumber—" See Calendar Sept. 28, 1852.
Brent continued as post q. m. until his transfer on May 1, 1853. As regt. q. m., USG was occupied chiefly with the outfitting of survey parties. When Brent left, USG handled his duties as well.
Columbia Bks. Fort Vancouver O. T.
December 3d 1852
MY DEAR DEAR WIFE.
You can scarsely concieve how this Mails arrival has made me. It not only brought me a letter from you, but four letters, and two more from Clara written dearest at your request[.] I will not have time to answer your letters this time because the Mail closes in less than an hour. Now that I have got letters however I can prepare letter[s] before the arrival of the different