Gold Rush Letters-May 10, 1849

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May 10, 1849

From letters published in the Missouri Whig , Palmyra ca May, 1849


T. H. TATLOW, Esq.., of this place, has received a letter from one of his sons, on their way to California, dated May 10th, 120 miles from independence, from which the following is an extract;

We left the line the morning of the 7th. Since then we have been driving pretty rapidly, passing train after train. Ours is still considered a crack team. We passed a team on the Blue river; the mess consisted of four; two had died with cholera, the third one was sick, and fourth one was digging a grave. When we left the line, saw men digging a grave for one that had died with it. There has not been a day since we left Independence, but what we have passed new dug graves, or a camp where some one was dead or dying with cholera, but so far as I could learn, they were all men of intemperate habits. We have encamped alone, dividing the night into four watches, and standing guard each night, not deeming it prudent to stop with any company. * * I have had a chance of sending back a letter every day since we left. We have a good road since leaving the line-- havínt come up with the elephant yet, but suppose he is ahead. A team going back, this morning, I write in haste. all well

J. B. T


Transcribed courtesy of Kathleen Wilham