San Francisco, Cal.
May 20th 1853
I got here yesterday morning and astonishing to say was not atal sea sick by the way. I leave here again to-day for Knights Ferry where I shall have the pleasure of dining, with your brothers, to-morrow. I shall remain there about five or six days.
I have been trying to think what I could get pretty, that could be sent by mail, for Fred. and Ulys. but I can think of nothing. — I paid Mrs. Stevens a long call yesterday. Her and the children are all well. Mr. Stevens has been sick a good deal since they come out here. He is off from here now and probably will be absent most of the summer. Mrs. S. says she wrote you a very long letter when she first come out here but that she has never got a word in reply. Stevens is rich.
I saw young Dodge, Gladwin and Mrs. Gladwin, all of Sackets Harbor, yesterday. They are doing a good business here.
I have been ordered here as a witness on Lieut. Scott's 1 trial, but yesterday he sent in his resignation which will stop all proceedings against him.
I have but little to write you dear Julia only that I am still in the same robust health that I have been in ever since we come out here. Mrs. Stevens did not know me I have grown so stout, and so with several other persons. I am much more fleshy than I ever expected to be. Hard work, and the climate, agrees with me. —Kiss our little boys for me and tell them that their pa wanted to send them a present but he could find nothing to send. When you go to town you must get something for them and tell them that it was their pa sent it, or the money to buy it.
I send you with this a deed for the land located with my land warrant for you to sign before a Commissioner. Dont neglect to attend to this the first time you go to St. Louis and have it mailed to Preston Brady, Detroit, as soon as possible. —When