Salem Olmstead Co. Min. Aug 28th, 64
Well I suppose you have no objections to my writing you a few lines, have you? "Oh certainly not"! Well, I thought so. and so here goes. I left you on the door sill laughing at me throwing water etc. but where you are at this time (half past eleven) I know not, but I am seated at the east end of Aunt Marys table doing what you will see when this gets to you.
My journey was not very pleasant the first day, there being nothing of very great interest to be seen; however at about sundown there was some change in the looks of the country it getting to be more hilley and romantic; for the first two hours after dark there was nothing to be seen but sand hills and pine grubs, then we came to a large hill of solid rock, through which