July 1, 1855—
My Dear Wife, It was with much joy that I received your two letters last Friday, of the date of May 27, & June 10—also, one from Micah C. Allen of May 27th. They were brought from Lawrence by a friend. We have no direct mail from Lawrence here, but have to send them (80 miles) as we may have opportunity—but by directing to this place, “via Fort Leavenworth”, they come within a mile or so, by mail, after receiving this you will therefore please direct as above instead of to Lawrence. You speak of a letter miscarrying—I presume it did—I have sent as often as every two weeks upon an average & one of the last contained $5 for Wesley. Col. Millett may continue to direct the advertiser to this place till otherwise ordered-- I have received but 4 of them yet, but it was a treat to get them—the two last had your advertisement in them. It seems that does not get all the business.—My last letters when received will give you some more information about matters here—as to what Isaac is doing, I would say that he is farming, & works hard is smart, & entirely cured of his old complaints about his throat, &c. He has a high opinion of the land & climate & would not sell out for any small sum—his crops look beautiful—we have green peas & corn to-day, & potatoes about as large as hens eggs. Mulberries & blackrasberries are ripe, & the prospects of the emigrants, crops are very encouraging. Isaac is one of the Trustees of the Boston Association, & a Committee on city claims, & his time is taken up considerable in the city affairs. As I have before written, I am a member of the same association & own the same interest in the city that he does, & am one of the members of the city
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Please see Mrs. Sholes, & learn where Wm Mills lives, the town & County.
Council of Manhattan, the name of our city. My friends may be informed that
I am laboring mostly for the city of Manhattan, in promoting their interest
in connection with my own, all particulars of which I am now unable to write.
The 27th of May & 10th of June the date of your letters were beautiful days
here, although cold, windy & stormy with rain. To-day is charming—quite
different from what I experienced a year ago now, when I was laying sick with
a fever, & suffered with the heat. We have a calm & rainy day—thermometer
at noon 86 degrees—how is it with you? Our warm days here are so tempered
with a pure breeze that we do not feel the heat as eastward—my memorandum
of the weather I think will compare well for this location. I feel quite well
to-day, excepting the trouble of some of “Jobs comforters,” which
are quite painful & inconvenient as located—well, hope to be better
after they are done. There is something peculiar here as to humons—most
persons brake out in some form, & the impure blood seems to work off by
the air or water, leaving the invalids in an improved state of health. Being
lame & sore, I am not able to ride or walk to church, & therefore remain
at home & keep garrison while others are gone. I can read Christs Sermons
& enjoy myself alone having good meditations on heavenly things, & others
that I hold dear.
“I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore—
And all my cares and sorrows cast
On Him whom I adore.”
What a privilege of reading, & thinking, & acting for ourselves.
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Also, Ask Wm Cox where his brother Samuel lives.
On Friday I had the pleasure of seeing Governor Reeder on his way to Pawnee, 10 miles above here. He is a robust, stout, & good looking man, (& fully able, I should judge, to meet any Missouri renegade). The Legislature meet at Pawnee tomorrow, & it will soon be decided in what way our laws will be made. There are 2 Freesoil members, who were chosen at the March election-- & several at the May election—it is probable the free-soil members will resign, not acknowledging this Legislature as a constitutional one, & if so, the doings of the Pro-slavery party will not be acknowledged or aluded by by this people. Time will show—the Lord reigns & he can cause the wrath of man to praise him.—
Ellen is not here, & I guess wont be till warm weather is over—please write her what I say in short about Isaac, she seems as anxious about him as you do me, & think he suffers for the comforts of life—this is not so, we have good food, well cooked by Mrs. Denison, & now begin to have green Peas, corn, & berries. As to the N.E. Aid Company being so bad as you represent, it is not so—but some disaffected persons, that nothing will suit, have found fault without just cause, & made the Aid Co. the scape goat for their miserable whims. I intend to correct this impression as soon as convenient by a communication for the paper. There are many groundless reports get east for the purpose of keeping eastern people from coming to Kansas, put in circulation by Pro-slavery rascals. Well, if the Lord permits me to return I can undeceive many that now labor under a mistake, & shall be pleased to do it.
P.M. 6 o’clock—Isaac has just received a line from Ellen, that she has arrived at Lawrence, & he starts for her bright & early to-morrow morning.
Sab. S-- Isaac arrived home from Lawrence yesterday morning with Ellen—she got to Lawrence in 9 days after leaving Springfield—in coming from Lawrence she camped out 3 nights on the ground, & one night had a very heavy shower—but did not get wet much laying under the wagon & India rubber clothing—she had a pleasant journey & is delighted with this country—I wish you could like it as well—how we might enjoy it for years maybe.—To-day is warm & airy—thermometer at noon 98 degrees—we have had fine showers the past week. The 4th of July was a hazy comfortable day--& was celebrated near here by out neighbors by an Address, Pic-nic, & in beautiful woods beside a beautiful spring of water which was our beverage—what a difference between this day & last year—I am not withering in heat & with faintness I almost crazed with the noise of gun powder, & roudy boys & men—all was quiet & heaven-like. Blessed be God for his great goodness to me. Isaac brot me 5 Norway Advertisers from Lawrence which complete all the Nos. perfect from May 3rd. All letters may be directed to Lawrence till further notice, notwithstanding the first part of this letter, as our mail facilities are not being completed yet as we heretofore expected. Ellen will write you soon. We had a meeting at Isaacs Cabin this P.M. at 4. Sat by Rev. C. H. Lovejoy, formerly of N. Norway—15 present—The one well supplied with preaching—there being 3 Methodist ministers in a distance of 5 miles & 1 Congregationalist.—I am glad you have so good meetings, S. School, etc. etc.—may you enjoy them much. I hope to enjoy many such blessings with you ere long. Sister Ann is quite feeble, Ellen says; if she were here I think she would recover.—The Lords will be done. (9th) I see a good many Town people—but none from Charles place yet, except the man I wrote you about on the beat. I may, however, ere long.—My best regards to all enquiring friends. If you see friend [name is blacked out] tell him I can secure him a fine farm if he wants.
Yours as ever
Wm X X