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Diary of William Polke – Monday, 5 Nov. 1838

Monday, 5 Nov. 1838 “The day was consumed in making settlements with the officers. During the afternoon a considerable number of the Indians assembled at headquarters and expressed a desire to be heard in a speech.” “Pe-pish-kay rose and in substance said – ‘That they had now arrived at their journey’s end—that the government must now be satisfied. They had …

Diary of William Polke – Saturday, 3 Nov. 1838

Saturday, 3 Nov. 1838 “At an early hour we left our encampment at Oak Grove, and travelled until two o’clock when we reached a settlement of Wea Indians on Bull creek, and camped adjoining Bulltown.” “Our journey was pleasant, and was marked by the anxiety of the Indians to push forward and see their friends. During the evening an attempt …

Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 31 Oct. 1838

Wednesday, 31 Oct. 1838 “Left encampment this morning at half after seven o’clock—the company under Capt. Hull being attached to the emigration—and at 12 o’clock passed Independence. At one we reached our present encampment two miles south of Independence, and ten miles from the camp of yesterday.” “After reaching camp in the evening a small quantity of shoes were distributed …