[Annie and John Bidwell and Sallie Kennedy]
page 2.on a little oval island some ten or twelve miles down, where a clump of arching willows formed a fine nest like shelter; & where I spread my quilt on the gravel & opened the box so daintily & thoughtfully stored for my comfort I began to reflect again on your real goodness to me from first to last, & said, “Ill not forget those Chico three as long as I live”. I placed the two flags at the head of my bed, one on each side, & as the camp fire shone upon them the effect was very imposing & patriotic. The night came on full of strange sounds from birds & insects new to me, but the starry sky was clear & came arching over my lowland nest seemingly as bright & familiar with its glorious constellations as when beheld through the thin crisp atmosphere of the mountain tops. 00314
1877 Oct 10
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Reel 03, Image 0579
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