himself heard ? tears us from all of beauty and sublimity and in a twinkling we find ourselves climbing a stump fence and wading a [dooryard?] dressed in all kinds of filth and endeavoring to reach a door flanked with ash- barrel and hog pen, in [lieu?] of honeysuckled vestibule ? opposed all the way by a coarse- voiced [ cur?] noisier them ever before in his life If the visit be successful we may be seen seeking the woods, frequently looking over our shoulders at the bristly cur, and all for a little dutch gray bread and dutch gray butter. We soon realized the magnitude of the promise ?your bread shall be given you and your water shall be s[illegible]e? ? This meal is perhaps finished at noon and we wonder on winding through tangled glens-over rocky m[illegible] or following the course of a meadow brook gazing at all times intently on either side for new plants Perhaps before night we find another meal then tent holes are set up a fire built and after much fun, we prepare for bed. One day we has but one meal which was at night but this was fully atoned for next day as we had five. When at Pr du Chin one fine morning looking upon the majestic Mississippi which moved smoothly on as the clear sun gilded its waters we thought how [illegible]ing pleasant it would be to place our burdens in a boat and sail merrily to Portage City up the Wisconsin, [ so?] we purchased a boat and rowed merrily to the mouth of the Wis
Fountain Lake, [Wisc]
1863 Dec 20
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