Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois
Polk County, Oregon Territory
In this letter, Peter Butler describes to his son John Butler the general health of family, the birth of a son to Thomas Hutchinson and Elizabeth Hutchinson ("Lissie"), friends loss in a different wagon party, and the conditions of his party on the Oregon Trail including the drowning of a mare and mule, the loss of a wagon, and the favorable conditions in the new country.
Butler Family Letters, MSS 2
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Butler, Peter, "Letter to John Butler from Peter Butler (unsigned) " (1853). Butler Family Letters (Transcripts). 11.