July 5th, 1867: You desire to know where is my home “in town or country?” I live not in but adjacent to the town of Chico — as follows:
So wrote John to Annie after he returned from Washington to Chico, and he drew her a little map so she could visualize his home. At that time he was still living in his adobe house. Construction on the mansion was going forward, but he doesn’t say whether the “Residence” is his new or his old house. What he labels as “Square” is now a triangle, sliced through where the Esplanade joins Broadway.