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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Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 2 ([unpublished])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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I believed the dispensation of it was entrusted to me. The Church called
me out & here I am, hoping and pr~ying and laboring to be useful. The
Conference was held at Peoria, about the centre of the State of Illinois,
the third week in August, but I could not come out here till towards the
end of September and then ~ did not remain.  I left Pedlars Creek on
Friday the 26 th0f Sep and travelled about thirty miles to a place
called Lancaster. The weather was warm and pleasant and I had a delight-
ful drive. This was the first time I had been out in that part of the
Country, and tho' alone I quite enjoyed myself.  I could not refrain from
wishing that some of you had been along with me. For the first twenty
miles I rode along Prairie, but most of that distance there was timber
on each hand, varying in distance from the road, from a few yards to a
mile or two. And in all that distance of twenty miles I saw but three
or four fields and generally I could see for miles in every directiQn.
The road I came along is the military road from Madison the capital of
the territory to prairie du Chien near the Mississippi River. It has been
laid out on what is called a dividing ridge, that is, elevated land
which divides one river from another. I have been told that the land for
a mile on each side of the road all the distance has been bought chiefly
by speculators  as it is near a great public toad they expect it will
sell high, and this I expect is the reason why so little of it is in
cultivation as it would be vary difficult to find a healthier, richer,
or more delightful country. I expect that some of it might be bought
for a little over what it cost, as taxes are to pay on it whether it is
improved or not and some o~ the owners I expect are becoming tired of
doing this. For ten or twelve miles my road lay through timber much of it
of a good quality. Saturday 27th This morning I started soon after I had
taken breakfast, it was the time of holding court to try offenders
against the law. A juror who has been set at liberty rode with me to

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