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Joseph Harrington Trego to an unidentified recipient [probably his wife, Alice Trego]

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St. Louis Sept 10th/57
We are yet in St. Louis as you see but we start from here some time tomorrow. This is now Sunday night and I write you from, or in, one of the heavenward rooms in Barnum’s hotel. It is a very rainy night and we are very well content to stay in doors having had plenty of exercise, anxiety and hot weather to endure since our arrival. After we left Rock Isle some time I began to think over what baggage we had to look after and when I mentioned the Medicine Chest they said they did not see it among the other things that were sent to the boat, so I wrote to Mr. Riggs to see that it was sent down by the next express. I suppose it was done accordingly but do not know yet as there was no regular boat to come in today. The boat we came down on from the foot of the rapids should have made her regular

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trip down today but was disabled in a storm which we encountered directly we left Keokuk. It blew so hard that the hurricane deck was loosened in many places and the roof over the Ladies cabin was partly blown over board exposing the fine furniture to the beating rain as long as the shower lasted. The ladies were not exposed to it so long as they proceeded toward the bow of the boat at a quicker step than would be considered dignified enough under ordinary circumstances.
Did you get the pocket book of notes home safe or did you loose them.
I did not discover them untill just about the starting time and hurried into Burrous & Prettyman’s store and left them there to be forwarded to Riggs, where they can be had when there is any suitable person going out to town.
Oh I wish you could get some of the fine peaches that are so plenty here. We have been feasting untill we are

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pretty nearly satisfied.
The Missouri river is low & we expect a rather tedious trip to Kansas City, but we will take along a supply of novels & peaches so it wont be so bad.
You must write me at Sugar Mound P.O. Linn Co. K.T.
very soon. Tell me all about the affairs at home &c
Monday -- I did not finish this last night and the boys are hurrying me to get ready to move down to boat so I will close here & write you again at Kansas City probably the weather here is awful hot here and I feel rather nervous this morning Good bye
With Much love to you J.H. Trego

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Monday 4 o’clock Boat starts soon. We have been as busy as possible so far today closing up our business & moving to boat. Have just received my Med chest. The boat got aground and was delayed until the next [xxx] boat came along to day and pulled her off yesterday & today’s boat coming in together. A store house is on fire nearby which bids fair to be a big one yet. There was another exciting occurance on board our boat. While we were at dinner a trunk was broken open in a room adjoining ours and several thousand dollars taken out. Family that is moving west – all they have in way of money.

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