You dont kn[o]w what pleasure it gave me to read yours and Clara's account of them.
Has Jennie left yet? 3 I suppose so however. How did they like her at your house ? Adieu dear dear wife; think of me and dream of me often. I but seldom dream myself but I think of you none the less often.
Your affectionate husband
ULYS. to his dear wife Julia.
Columbia Barracks O. T.
I wrote you a letter two weeks ago upon the arrival of the Mail Steamer at this place and told you that I had no doubt but that I would find letters. I was disappointed.
The weather has been very cold here and what is most unusual, the Colum[bia] river has been frozen over. Captain Ingalls 1 and myself were the first to cross on it. It is now open however so you need not feel any alarm about my falling through. It either rains or snows here all the time at this place so I scarsely ever get a mile from home, and half the time do not go out of the house during the day. I am situated quite as comfortable as any body here, or in the Territory. The house I am living in is probably the best one in Oregon. Capt. Brent & Ingalls and their two clerks Mr. Bomford & myself live to gether and Maggy cooks for us and Getz assists about the house. Evry one