Overland in 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail - Vol. 2

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"Along the Sweetwater River"

New and Nearer Routes

CHARLES F. PUTNAM TO JOSEPH PUTNAM, "SWEET WATER 220 MILES FROM FORT HALL", JULY 11, 1846100

Dear Father

There is a gentleman in our camp [ Wales B. Bonney] who has just come from Oregonalone & intends returning to the States alone. He arrived late this evening bringing a letter from Mr. Hastings, which stated that he, (Mr. Hastings) [deleted: was waiting] would wait at the Salt Lake 60 miles from Fort Hall & from thence take us a new route to California which would make a difference of 300 miles nearer. But if it is his design to aid in Revolutionizing the country & to get us to aid him in immortalizing himself, he will find himself, vastly mistaken. There are now 510 wagons for Oregon & California & nearly all of them contain families. There are two Bachelor wagons in this company; ours & another, the gals say there are two Bachelor wagons & kitchion. Quite a compliment. The kitcheon is a Provision wagon of Judge Moreland's [Morin's]. This is

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