Columbia Bks. W. T.
June 28th 1853
By this Mail I recieved no letter from you, nor from any one at your house. Where Mails come but twice per month it does seem as though I might expect news from you and our dear little boys.
I cannot say that I have been atal well since my return from California. I have had a very sever cold and have been, necessarily, very busily engaged fitting out the expedition going out to meet Major Stevens of the Rail Road surveying party, and another party going into the Cascade range of mountains for the purpose of exploring are to be fitted out also. 1 I have purcased for them within a few days some two hundred horses besides other property and have still more to get. The present state of the Columbia makes transportation very difficult so I have to get Indians to pack, on their backs, all the provisions of one of these parties, over the portage at the Cascades, about forty five miles above here. The two companies of Infantry that come around Cape Horn have arrived, and with them, four families. Maj. Rains & lady & children, Mrs. Haller and two children, Mrs. Maloney and Mrs. Forsyth. 2 Forsyth was detained, on duty, at