Mrs. Wallen sends you a great deel of love. She will be left entirely alone this summer so far as lady's society goes. The Company that Mr. Slaughter belongs too has gone to Puget's Sound. The one Collins belongs too starts soon for Scotts Valley, California. This is the Company that I belong too. I believe I told you that my promotion would in all probability take me to Humbolt Bay, California ? I know nothing of the place except that I believe there are no quarters there. —You charge me to be cautious about riding out alone lest the Indians should get me. Those about here are the most harmless people you ever saw. It is really my opinin that the whole race would be harmless and peaceable if they were not put upon by the whites.
Give my love to all at home and continue to write often. Does Fred. know his letters ? He will now soon be three years old and he ought to read by the time he is four. Kiss him and Ulys for me. A thousand kisses for yourself Dear Julia.
Your affectionate husband
P. S. I sent Mrs. Bailey the ring Mrs. Stevens sent her.
March 31st 1853
MY DEAREST WIFE;
The Mail has just arrived bringing me a very short and very unsatisfactory letter. You speak of not joining me on this coast in a manner that would indicate that you have been reflect