Humboldt Bay, Cal.
February 2d 1853 
MY DEAR WIFE.
You do not know how forsaken I feel here! The place is good enough but I have interests at others which I cannot help thinking about day and night; then to it is a long time since I made application for orders to go on to Washington to settle my accounts but not a word in reply do I get. 1 Then I feel again as if I had been separated from you. and Fred. long enough and as to Ulys. I have never seen him. He must by this time be talking about as Fred. did when I saw him last. How very much I want to see all of you. I have made up my mind what Ulys. looks like and I am anxious to see if my presentiment 2 is correct. Does he advance rapidly ? Tell me a great deel about him and Fred. and Freds pranks with his Grandpa. How does he get along with his Uncle Lewis ?
I do nothing here but set in my room and read and occationally take a short ride on one of the public horses. There is game here such as ducks, geese &c. which some of the officers amuse themselvs by shooting but I have not entered into the sport. 3 Within eight or ten miles Deer and occationally Elk and black Bear are found. Further back the Grisley Bear are quite numerous. I do not know if I have told you what officers are at this post ? Col. Buchanan, Hunt, Collins, Dr. Potts and Lt. Latimer 4 to join. Expected soon. Col. B expects promotion by evry Mail which, if he gets, will bring Montgomery, 5 and leave me