Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

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Chapter 1

7 scene around Tamzene: She does not describe the scene around her in great detail. The portrait here is based on various emigrant accounts.

8 “I can give you” and other material from Tamzene’s letter: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 5-11-46, Sherman Otis Houghton Papers, HOU 13, Huntington Library.

8 “Farewell, my sister”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 5-11-46, Sherman Otis Houghton Papers, HOU 13, Huntington Library.

9 “the wunderkind nation”: McPherson, Battle Cry, 6.

10 agricultural prices: North, Economic Growth, 137.

10 time and cost of land vs. sea trips: Unruh, Plains Across, 340–41.

10 “any person would dare”: Unruh, Plains Across, 1.

11 “excavated by the”: Unruh, Plains Across, 2.

11 general history of public opinion about westward migration: Unruh, Plains Across, 1– 33.

11 “palpable homicide”: Unruh, Plains Across, 11.

11 Bidwell Party: Unruh, Plains Across, 76–83; McLynn, Wagons West, 49–91; Morgan, Overland, 14–20; Bean and Rawls, California, 65–66; Bidwell, Echoes, 5–65.

12 “We knew that”: Bidwell, Echoes, 15.

13 Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party: Rose, “Sierra Trailblazers”.

14 “very good road”: Morgan, Overland, 19.

15 “a heap better”: Morgan, Overland, 498.

15 “The word is”: Morgan, Overland, 509.

15 “Weep with me”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 1-26-32, Sherman Otis Houghton Papers, HOU 8, Huntington Library.

15 “Sister I could die”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 11-22-32, Sherman Otis Houghton Papers, HOU 9, Huntington Library.

15 “Wasting with sickness”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 4-21-33, Eliza Poor Donner Houghton Papers, HM 58154, Huntington Library.

15 “Think not I am unhappy”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 4-14-36, Eliza Poor Donner Houghton Papers, HM 58156, Huntington Library.

16 “I am abundantly able”: letter from Tamzene Donner to Elizabeth Eustis, 9-13-36, Eliza Poor Donner Houghton Papers, HM 58157, Huntington Library.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Prologue 1
  • Part 1 - Journey 5
  • 1- Jumping off 7
  • 2- Catching Up 19
  • 3- Vexatiously Slow 27
  • 4- Pleasure Trip 31
  • 5- Fine Style 37
  • 6- The Crucial Decision 45
  • 7- Gambling 55
  • 8- A New and Interesting Region 60
  • 9- Unearthly 67
  • 10- One Bad Hill 80
  • 11- Abandoned 87
  • 12- The Mouth of Hell, the River of Life 96
  • Part 2 - Tribulation 103
  • 13- A Great Snowy Range 105
  • 14- This Prison 111
  • 15- The First Death 122
  • 16- The Forlorn Hope 129
  • 17- A Low Situation 144
  • 18- Taking the Field 151
  • 19- Our Present Calamity 154
  • Part 3 - Salvation 161
  • 20- Fellowbeings 163
  • 21- From California, or Heaven? 169
  • 22- Threshold of Desperation 180
  • 23- Weeping 188
  • 24- Gruesome Sights 190
  • 25- Terror, Terror 197
  • 26- A Broken Promise 207
  • 27- Alive Yet 210
  • 28- None for Tears 216
  • 29- The Last Man 222
  • 30- A Beautiful Country 228
  • 31- A Day of Renown 240
  • Author’s Note 247
  • Acknowledgments 250
  • Notes 251
  • Selected Bibliography 273
  • Index 280
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