A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home: A Book of Personal Memoirs

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CHAPTER IV

The first Sabbath of our journey over the plains found us encamped on a beautiful rolling prairie, covered with a luxuriant carpet of grass, as green as a meadow. The wide spreading plains, as far as the eye could reach, presented a picturesque scene--whose silent beauty awakened solemn thoughts--that impressed one with awe and reverence. Here we were isolated from the world, and in this secluded, romantic spot we were free to worship our Maker according to the dictates of our conscience. It is Emerson who says, "We are as much strangers to nature as we are aliens from God."

Only one incident occurred to mar the harmony of the day of rest. Our Missouri family, though good Methodists at home, seemed to think they could not afford to keep the Sabbath day holy while traveling on the plains. When they found they could not prevail upon our good captain to break the Sabbath, they gathered up their stock, and, after saying "good-bye," pulled out." We were sorry to have them leave us, as they had the appearance of being a very nice family. Mr. Judson and I were as much opposed to camping two nights in the same place as they were, and our fears greatly inclined us to go with them, but we decided to abide by the decision of our captain, in whom we had much confidence, and afterward during our long journey were very thankful that we were so providentially led into his company.

During the week our men had been very busily employed driving their oxen, yoking and unyoking their cattle, standing guard at night, unloading and reloading the wag-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 6
  • A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home Chapter I 7
  • Chapter II 14
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 27
  • Chapter VI 31
  • Chapter VII 35
  • Chapter VIII 39
  • Chapter IX 45
  • Chapter X 49
  • Chapter XI 55
  • Chapter XII 62
  • Chapter XIII 68
  • Chapter XIV 73
  • Chapter XV 81
  • Chapter XVI 85
  • Chapter XVII 89
  • Chapter XVIII 95
  • Chapter XIX 103
  • Chapter XX 111
  • Chapter XXI 116
  • Chapter XXII 124
  • Chapter XXIII 128
  • Chapter XXIV 134
  • Chapter XXV 141
  • Chapter XVII 148
  • Chapter XXVII 151
  • Chapter XXVIII 153
  • Chapter XXIX 159
  • Chapter XXX 167
  • Chapter XXXI 173
  • Chapter XXXII 178
  • Chapter XXXIII 182
  • Chapter XXXIV 189
  • Chapter XXXV 194
  • Chapter XXXVI 200
  • Chapter XXXVII 208
  • Chapter XXXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXXIV 222
  • Chapter XL 229
  • Chapter XLI 234
  • Chapter XLII 240
  • Chapter XLIII 243
  • Chapter Xviv 249
  • Chapter XLV 257
  • Chapter XLVI 263
  • Chapter XLVII 269
  • Chapter XLVIII 273
  • Chapter Xlix 277
  • Chapter L 285
  • Chapter LI 288
  • Chapter LII 296
  • Chapter LIII 303
  • Chapter Liv 306
  • Chapter LV 308
  • The Conquest of the West 310
  • Conclusion 314
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