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Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 10 Oct. 1838


Wednesday, 10 Oct. 1838

“The settlement of yesterday was concluded today, and every person engaged in the service, save the officers of the emigration, was paid up to the thirtieth. In order to allow the wagoners an opportunity of repairing their wagons, shoeing their horses and making other repairs necessary for the safe prosecution of the journey, much extra ferriage was done during the two days of our encampment at the river.”

“This might have been avoided by remaining on the Quincy shore, but the dissolute habits of the Indians and their great proneness to intoxication, forbid such a step on the part of the agents of the  government. At sunset all the wagons that had been repairing, were in camp, and we were prepared for next day’s journey.”