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18 March1857
exact date of 18 of March 1857
day of the month 18 March 1857
calendar day - 03 of March year - 1857
month of Marchdecade of the 1850s.
1800s century


To: Brother James
unknown.


From: B.Crook
Louisville, Kentucky.


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Louisville Kentucky March th

Brother James

You will see from the above that I am on my way to the West We arrived in Louisville at eight oclock this morning It is now after three We have been since that time passing through a canal which is about miles in length which was cut for boats to pull around the falls of the river I left Delaware yesterday morning at oclock got to Cincinnati about seven Went immediately to the wharf in search for a boat for StLouis Went aboard on one called "South America" and about the first man I saw was a friend of mine from Bloomingburg bound for St Louis He had no mate yet which was very lucky for me I went in with him which is much more agreeable to both than to have you in with a stranger





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Fare is high to StLouis Boat left Cincinati about oclock yesterday About six we passed the former residence of General Harrison It was a plain frame house about yards from the river His burial ground was pointed out to me

Have just passed the home of the Kentucky giant Seven and a half feet is his height I believe Some of the passangers wanted to see him but he was not at home

Thursday th

Formed an acquaintance with a Baptist preacher Last night we had a controversy of about hours on "The final perseverance of the Saints" close communion BC I never talked so much in my life on these subjects before did not intend to this time but he got so hard could not stand it He was requested this afternoon







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by some of the passengers to preach His text was in Colas NCHe was confused I suppose o account of the noise and some were gambling in the farther end of the boat I had to close after him

Saturday night st

Thought by this evening I should have been above StLouis but we are yet below about miles Will have to spend most of tomorrow on the boat Night before last a boat run into the side of ours and did a good deal of damage Today one of our cooks was dismissed but not without trouble I am getting tired of the boat it is so much crowded and every dandy must have lit cigars almost continually in this mouth and such a fog as we





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to breath is enough to make any man sick Good night






Tuesday March th

I intended to write yesterday but could not get at my ink neither can I today So must pencil Look where is in Ill on Mississippi river then you will know about where I am this afternoon oclock I landed at StLouis on Sabbath pm Went to a ME Church heard a very good sermon Left St Louis yesterday at pm on a very fine boat for Keokuk It is rumored today that one of the deck passengers fell over boat last night



Wednesday th

Arrived here keokuk last night about eight oclock am going to start to morning soon My friend from



Farmington Friday th
I left Keokuk about oclock on Wednesday traveled ten miles and stopped at





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for the night we had very good fare but a very wicked land lord
Yesterday I left my company as a cow to drive and had driven very slowly I got to Farmington at oclock Stayed at a hotel Rested a little then inquired for and found they lived where they did when I was out here before Aunt is not at home She and Bradford her son have gone up the country on business They will be back today or tomorrow They are all well and I think doing very well They have money coming to them for land to which they sold before Uncle died I am writing these things because I thought Mother would like to hear
There are four children it seems the oldest is Parny





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think She is a fine girl The next is Brad of course he is man or he would not have the name he had next lister and Mary two very pretty little girls one and the other years old Bennet is practicing medicine not far from here Leed is in California Charles in writes to them here that he will be at home certinly this summer Hey Las sent a draft here of for Grandfather on that land co and will and the home some at their time he sent it once before but it was lost Uncle Leonard Beck lives miles form here Perhaps go there tomorrow or next week Parny says that Aunt Caroline is enjoying good health is married that little whiteheaded girl Mary Brooke lives miles from here I will go there about next week My land is about miles from here I have been offered for it one half down and the other in a year I want to see it first >illegible sentence< My love to all illegible





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