Fort Humboldt Cal.
Jan. 18th 1853 
MY DEAR WIFE.
After a long and tedious voyage, from San-Francisco to this place, 1 I have arrived in safety. I cannot say much in favor of the place. It is about what I expected before my arrival. You know what my opinions of it were. 2 Imagine a place closed in by the sea having thrown up two tongues of land, closed in a bay that can be entered only with certain winds. 3
In geting here, a distance of but a little more than 250 mile, we were two [days] in coming. There is no mail going but Mr. Hunt is just about starting for S. Francisco and I must avail myself of this occation of geting a letter to where it can be mailed.
Hunt is making application for promotion in a new Regiment, should any be raised this Winter, and any assistance that could be given by your father, or brother Lewis, in the way of writing to Col. Benton 4 he would gladly recieve, and, appreciate. In a few days I hope to have an opportunity of sending you a letter, and of having a steel pen instead of an old quil one, to write with.
Give my love to all at your house and kiss them for me. Our two dear little boys give a dozen extra for their Pa, in Calafornia.
Adieu dear wife
P. S. Mr. Hunt wants me to mention that his application is for a Captaincy. I hope that this matter will be attended to wishing him success.
U. S. G.
ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked Feb. 1, 1854.