Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 3
Linden 9th October 1849 PDF (4.5 MB)
I think John likes the Country very well so far. I feel very anxious to see him settled and well fixed, but some time will probably transpire before this can take place. _______ he had much easier here than with you, but when obtained there is much to be done, before there can be ease and comfort. I must try to give you some notion of the movements of the others before I say anything of myself. You are aware that Dorothy and her husband moved into the state of Iowa sometime last winter. During the summer, I think in July, they came over on a visit, and remained two or three weeks. I took Doroty and her babe back Thomas had gone a few days previous. It is about a days travel from the Head of Platte; but crossing the Mississippi is somewhat tedious and occupies about an hour. They live eight miles from the river in a south easterly direction, about nine miles from _______. The situation is pleasant I think,/a deep and narrow valley/ and quite healthy. Thomas has done very well at digging since he went. You will probably be a little surprised to learn what John has commenced to dig for mineral. As there was an opening for him to work with Alderson he thought he would try it for a short time. He went for a few weeks, and returned to take his family over. He was at Chapmans the other day when I was up, but I suppose they are in Iowa by this time. You will soon hear from them I presume. I give you on the other side Thomas Aldersons address.
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