board, and being unable to find the Quinine belonging to the Army medical stores.
U. S. GRANT
1st Lt. & R. Q. M. 4th Inf.[y]
Bvt. Capt. U. S. A.
ALS and DS, CU-B. Addressed to Asst. Surgeon John Strother Griffin of Ky.
Columbia Bks. Fort Vancouver O. T.
Jan.y 29th 1853
MY DEAREST WIFE;
There will be another Mail leaving here now very soon. Since I last wrote I have enjoyed excellent health and am larger than I have ever been before. I believe the usual effect of an Oregon climate is to make a person grow stout; at least I should judge so from the appearance of evry body that I see here and new before they came. The climate of Oregon is evidently delightful. Here we are North of 45° and though the oldest inhabitants say it has been about the most severe winter they have ever known here, yet it would surprize persons even as far south as St. Louis to be here now and witness our pleasant days. Farmers are ploughing and some sorts of vegitables have been growing all Winter, and will continue to grow. Such a thing as feeding cattle, except those that work is not dreamed of at any season. The farm that I have is a part of it already ploughed and I hope to have the whole of it finished in the course of a couple of weeks. All here are living very pleasantly only it requires very close watching to keep within our means. For instance; yesterday I was obliged to purchase some flour, for Government, and I could not get it under forty dollars per barrel; and that was about twelve dollars less than it could have been purchased for a week ago. All other articles, of food, are in about the same pro