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

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I. A LETTER FROM MISSOURI: 1847

May the 9th 1847

Dear Brothers and Sisters I now take this oportunity of in forming you that we are all well at present and hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same blessing we are now one hundred and ten miles from St. Joseph it will be 4 weeks to morrow since we left home we have delayed some on account of our company be hind the roads have been extremely good the wather fine we could of traveled it easily to St. Joseph in four weeks and a half if we had not layed by so much as much as 4 days we have had a pleasant journey we have never been weary and tired yet we are now twenty one waggons strong hundreds behind and before we have had a hard time to get food for our catle its being so scarce on acount of such emigration we have paid from 5 to 10 cts a head for hay when we could get it some time went with out anything but now since the fifth of may we have had plenty of grass our cattle looks well as when we started there is a great deal said about the Mormans they say they have gone on and joined three tribes of Indians and are going to cut us all off they are raising a company of volunteers and 3 hundred have volunteered to go and guard us through they are going to all start from St. Jo we have not heard of any going by Councilbluff we are asked a gret many time if we are mormans when we tell them no they say I know you are but you wont own it your wagons looks like it and will say I hope you are not for their road is marked with stolen property and all maner of wickedness we could not get any kind of acommo-

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