Covered Wagon Women: Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849 - Vol. 1

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RACHEL FISHER MILLS: LETTER II

Oregon Teritory Tuality County 3th mo. 13th 1848 Much respected Parents & often thought of Brothers & Sisters I again sit down to write to you to let you know something of me I arived at Portland on the willamet river 13 miles below Oregon City about the 15 of 11 mo. making 7 mo. from the time I started untill I arived at A place to stop, near two months of which I spent getting down the Columbia river. you may imagine some thing of my feeling since I left you, but you can only imagine. you may think I had seen trouble before but my trouble in Iowa was nothing to what I have experienced since I left there being deprived of one of the two objects which I held more dear then any other earthly object, on the Plat river I then thought that little Angeline was more dear to me then any thing ever had been she being the last one of my family. but alas the day was soon to come when I should see her laid in her silent grave. I wrote to you since her death but thinking it unceratin as to you getting it, I will give you some account of her sickness & death I discovered her sickness the 11th of the 8th mo. she appeared well and very playful in the morning, when we stoped to eat dinner she was lame but still was very playful & eat her dinner apparently about as usual. soon after eating she became feverish which increased very rapidly her lameness (which we soon found to be in her thigh just above the knee) became very painful, getting worse through the night the following morning she commenced having fits and died about noon. the disease seemed strange but It was not more so then It was distressing. A mortification

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