15 April 1867
I received a letter from my love far away, Elizabeth. Her family has taken her with them to go to the West, but in her letter she tells me how much she misses me, and it causes my heart to ache. But within a few months, I will be able to see her. I will take a journey West to find her and start a family with her. I have just finished my preparations for the trip, and now I must venture out into the unknown tomorrow at dawn.
24 April 1867
I miss my quiet life already. I had lived on a small farm, where I grew a all sorts of crops and raised animals. But it’s different from what Elizabeth’s family is doing. They have a farm as well, but they have to use dry farming, which she described it as “very tough dirt that has to be broken up for only certain crops to be planted”. She also told me that they used machinery. It is a huge contrast to the work I was used to.
05 May 1867
I have spend a month travelling, and I have finally made it to Fort Leavenwort