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Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
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Philadelphia U.S. June 9th 1852 PDF (2.8 MB)


 Philadelphia U.S. June 9th 1852.
My Dear Edw/
 I have much satisfaction in dating a
letter at this place. Dangers many and great, visible
and invisible, have been escaped and I am at length
in comparative safety. I have been at a loss to know
how to act, as to which course to take, whether east or
west, England or Wisconsin, indeed nothing has ever
puzzled me more. When I left San Franscisco I
proposed to proceed as quickly as possible to Askrigg.
But I find I am still one of the worst of sailors, and
until yesterday I thought I had not strength to undertake
another voyage at least for the present, consequently
had about concluded to go West. When in California
I was strong and in excellent health, and able to bear
almost anything. Now I am pale and thin, and easily
tired, and otherwise unwell tho without disease. My
present __________ is chiefly the effect of sea sickness
and trance in a hot climate. We past under the
sun twice and had a very disagreeable time crossing
the Isthmus. In one day I walked 26 miles thro'
mud from the ackle to the knee, with torrents of rain
falling most of the day, and for two nights could neither

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