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Samuel Tappan to Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow

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Barker’s Mission Shawnee Reserve June 29th /55 Mrs Goodnow Dear Friend
Yesterday and today I called at the different stores in Kansas where baggage is usualy stored, that is directed to Kansas Territory. But could learn nothing of your boxes. They had not arrived. Mrs Gillpatrick and family left Kansas city this morning for Lawrence in a 4 horse hack hired for the occasion. If desirable the hack will take them on to their future home in Bromfield. I should have rode up to Lawrence with them if I could have got our baggage of in time. But we must make up our mind to wait a long time for Missourians if we wait at all, for they are never in a hurry. About noon my man made his appearance and the baggage was loaded into his wagon and he left for Lawrence. Your two trunks weighed

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over two hundred pounds. You will find it marked on the card, pay accordingly, so much per lb. Our baggage was all weighed before starting. If the trunks are at Lawrence on my arrival, I shall take the first opportunity to forward them to you. I walked from Kansas to this place, and if no team overtakes me I shall foot it to Lawrence. This is a glorious Country to try “men soles”. Mine have been tried and not found wanting yet. I pronounce that you have found Kansas a hard road to travel. But my beliefe is that you are one of them that are not easily discouraged. We must travel over rough and thorny roads a portion of our life as well as the smooth and pleasant, variety makes true pleasure. Governor Reeder was brutely treated by Genl Stringfellow a few evenings since. Knocked down and trampled upon, The Governor would have killd the dog, if he had not been prevented by some friends who were present. Excuse me for intruding upon your time and patience in the perusal of these scratches, and remember me to your husband and friends. I remain yours Sam Tappan

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P.S. We are now enjoying “a right smart sprinkling of rain”. And this is my home until dry weather. The only thing that gives me any uneasiness is the position in which my sister is placed. And I am in hopes to receive a letter from her saying that she is ready to come to Kansas. If she writes that she wants to come I shall go on after her. And together we will want your cabin in Boston if agreeable, and of couse it will be. While she is in Kansas, I shall try to make her visit pleasant. In the hope that your will not forget to write a letter about Kansas & Co. for publication in one of our Kansas Papers I [subscribe?] [xxx] you Sam Tappan
Mrs Ellen L. Goodnow Boston Kansas Terr’y.

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