Emily [O. Pelton]
[thou hast?] [illegible] me. This said a card was mailed upon a conspicuous place and directed to Mrs. Goodrich, Dubuque Iowa and two three cent stamps placed on it as it was over weight then pushing it into the current we watched it a few minutes as it sailed away now appearing and now lost as it passed the willows upon the bank then we again placed our old companion packs, and soberly marched away with [illegible] steps through the tall grass like good [illegible] with his [illegible] when [illegible] upon [illegible] [illegible] coach. After a very wearisome walk over wet places and fallen trees we reached the house where I now write we did not intend to stop here but only called for our fifth meal as we wished to make a fair average; but the old lady of the mansion gave us so good a wel- come that we entered and she made us supper. She has invited us to stay all night. She, we had observed from the first Farm house near Wrights Ferry July 9th /63Dear Friend Emily We started in good spirits again this morning with our long oars manufactured by our hatc[illegible], we soon applied them to our little boat and soon were again at the mouth of the Wisconsin which came tumbling down [illegible] and restless as ever - ah each pull of the oars our little fairy almost leaps from the waters but we are now in the very midst of the boiling waters we shook to this side-now to that making very acute angles, and almost capszing several times - again we pull harder than ever - again are baffled we are drenched thoroughly with streaming sweat, but we have strength remaining and have already conquered fifteen or twenty rods the com[illegible] is prolonged [illegible] splashing
Fountain Lake [Wisc.]
64 Feb 27-Mar 1
Reel 01, Image 0640
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