is light, and now uncle Dan please hold your sack for a half days "dried [illegible]adint", for I feel full like Jobs comforter. You shall first receive a dish of history well spiced with capital ego's then a generous dessert of heterodox ingredients with a quantum of advisement sufficient for a three score then a short time after I recd your 1st letter, I, with two companions, set out upon a geological & botanical excursion, after many a long counsel and much preparation we capered arround [sic] a room in full harness all ready, and eager for the tramp, as long confined colts for a canter We looked green enough as we turned our backs on the good university, with tent, blankets, hatchet, spoons, books, portable [ presses?] & plant-papers with many et ceteras but my [illegible] our [ certe?] faces were relaxed to the full length many a time before we all got home. We first steered for the Blue mounds not following roads but going "through moor and mire over gude and guide".We often proved with the philosophic shepherd that the properly of rain was to wet, yet we never caught cold.We then steered fro the Wis. river valley which we followed to the Mississippi, here crossing the river we spent a few days in Iowa. When one of the company was called home by a letter, and as we could not proceed very well without him, we severally made for home as we might, we intended to have continued on through Iowa & Minn to the St Anthony falls thence north to lake Superior, thence along its south[ern?] shore
Fountain Lake, [Wisc]
1863 Dec 20
Reel 01, Image 0608
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