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Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 2 ([unpublished])

Potosi Wisconsin Territory / Saturday October 18th 1845 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (11.8 MB)

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Potosi. I suppose you will wonder what kind of a conveyance I had. I
                                        (here called a buggy)
had a first rate pony and what you would call a phaeton.    I generally
    took them when I had to go to preach anywhere and often have I thougk~,
when a journeying that I would have liked you tonhave been with me
that you might see, and seeing like this country. I reached this place
about noon. The distance from Lancaster here is about twelve miles,on
the road are some very large and valuable farms. Sunday the 28th. A very
fine day. I see by the plan that %orge Metcalfe was appointed to Askrigg.
 preached but once, at eleven O'clock A.M. and held a prayer meeting
in the evening. I preached this day my first sermon at my first Confer-
ence appointment. (It may be my last) On Monday I should have returned
home but in the morning the weather was quite unfavorable, so I re-
mained till Ti*esday the 30th  and then had a cold and showery drive, t
returned home by another and nearer road. (Pedlars Creek is about 30
miles from here) I went by Matthew Willis's place, being about a quarter
of a mi.le out of my way. I found them as emigrants to this country are
often found at first, with a house in its infancy, which could not
boast of ability to keep outside either rough weather or fine, either
light or darkness. But it possessed one excellent ~no  I~y,'it was
capable of improvement (would that we all were) and since IL then saw it
I am thankful to be able to say it has received it. I found them all
ch~eerful and content and in good health, with the exception of the
youngest boy which is only feeble. I warmed myself and had a cup of
coffee. I told them by way of con~olation that they had no fent to pay
Matthew smiled and said he had been talking about that just before~.
I am 'glad they have removed from the place they were at before, as I
suppose its moral state is almost desperate. The people are notorious
whiskey drinkers, and when I say that you may infer the rest. I do thin1~
that there is not a wd~rse place in Wisconsin. And Matthew would be

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