In my letter written a few days ago I told you what officers we had here, the amusements &c. so I have nothing more on that head. Living here is extravigantly high besides being very poor. Col. Buchanan, the Dr. and myself live together at an expense of about $50 per month each including servant hire and washing. Mr. Hunt lives by himself[.] Give my love to all at home. Write me a great deel about our little boys. Tell me all their pranks. I suppose Ulys. says speaks a great many words distinctly? Kiss both of them for me. —I believe I told you that Mrs. Wallen had lost another child. I do not think Wallen will ever raise either of his children. Harry & Nan[n]y are large fat children but they do not look right and they are forever sick. If Wallen was out of the Army and had to pay his Doctor's bill it would amount to about as much as our entire living. —Kiss Fred. and Ulys. for their pa. A great many kisses for you dear wife.
Your affectionate husband
Humboldt Bay, Cal.
March 6th 1854.
MY DEAR WIFE;
I have only had one letter from you in three months and that had been a long time on the way so you may know how anxious I am to hear from you. I know there are letters for me in the Post