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Hiram Hill to Dear Wife

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Misesury River Monday May 7 1855
Dear Wife I take this oppetunity to address a few Lines to you to Let you know Whare I am and how I get along I Rote you yesterday from St Louis in a grate Hurry I do not know What I Rote We started about noon from St Louis have got up the River about 160 miles got stuck twice on sand bar but on the whole We get along pretty well Whus about 200 aboard from all parts of the union the Company are very pleasant generally thare is some Look uppon us with Rather Suspiteaus Eyes I am very Well – and all of our Company But thare is a family aboard that are Sick With the colera one Has died & thare is one more Sick they are down in the alt deck thare has ben Several Cases of Boats Going up this River Thare was one Boat went up Last Week on Which thare

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Was 15 died But we do not feel alarmed in the Least we mean to be as Carefull as we Can in Eating and drinking Thare appears to be no alarm or feeling about the sickness atall the weather is very pleasant and Cool - Give yourself no uneziness about me When you Hear of the sickness hear for it will do no good to worry [xxx] are [xxx] under The protection of that God ho holds us in his hands and Will Dispose of us as he sees fit

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