Giving an accurate account of my
route, incidents, etc. occurring on the way.
April 17, Tuesday. The wagons having gone some few miles on the way, waiting our
arrival according to pre-arrangements made with my family.
We arose early, finished packing some trifles to complete our outfit, we
sat down to breakfast with as much composure as we could command under the
The moment of separation had arrived
-- the big tear started from every eye. We
had often talked of parting, but this was the reality, a scene which time can
never efface from my memory. It was
six o'clock A. M. after a rainy night.
We overtook the wagons just after
they started from Camp Weathers
8 miles from Hannibal, Missouri. We
traveled till we came to Stones' Prairie about fifteen miles from home
where my friend A. D. Atkinson invited me to dinner.
The lady, we found to be Mr. Stone's daughter, Margaret, whom I had not
seen for several years when she was but a child, but now the mother of two
pretty little girls. After dinner
an hours walk brought us up to the wagons. We
camped at Sea's. We slept in the wagon. It
was a cold night and a hard bed. I
slept but very little. Camp Sea's
-- 22 miles.
Arrived at Paris, Monroe
about eleven o'clock. Paid a visit
to Dr. Heitig
an old friend and Mrs. Webster. Dined
with Mr. Taylor at his house. Camped near Madison.
Baked my first attempt at making
bread. After breakfast went to
Meeting. Heard Mr. Thomas, a reform
preacher from John the Third "except a man be born of water" etc.
I was invited to preach in the evening but declined.
Saturday April 28. Off at 8 o'clock through a very rich settlement.
Camped at Freeman's P. M.
April 29. There is a meeting
appointed for Brother Jeptha Smith at eleven o'clock today at a school house in
sight of the camp. Brother Smith is
an old acquaintance and fellow laborer with me.
After boiling our coffee and eating
our breakfast, I prepared for meeting. Brother
Smith did not come. A small
congregation but most of our own company being there nearly filled the house.
I (being invited by one of the leading members, a Brother Bradley)
addressed the congregation from John 10:7.
Henry Stevens, Vail and myself were invited and went home with him and
The cattle being turned out to graze
in the prairie, some of our company rode two horses after them.
They got from them with their bridles on and away they galloped across
the prairie past a beautiful lake into the timber toward the Missouri bottom.
After about two hours, they are found in the Missouri Bottom. This evening three of our company took a walk down
to the Missouri bottom it being but about a mile from our camp but took
the wrong course in returning back and got lost for some time and walked some
ten or twelve miles, but safely arrived at camp before sun down.
Monday April 30.
Monday April 30.Left camp at eight o'clock, passed through Richmond came to Saunderson's where we camped. 15 miles.
Prairie was probably just south of West Ely.
probably should have been spelled "See's."
was probably the other side of the present Hunnewell on North Fork.
through the diary he used this word for hollering.
Perhaps it was an early use of the word meaning noise making.
Monroe, meaning Paris in Monroe County.
this word not clear, may have been Heitry.
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