March 29th

The party arrived in Saint Louis, MO on Tuesday afternoon, March 29. Narcissa wrote, “Husband has been to the post office expecting to find letters from dear, dear friends at home but finds none. Why have they not written, seeing it is the very last, last time they will have to cheer my heart with intelligence from home, home, sweet home, and the friends I love. But I am not sad. My health is good. My mind completely occupied with present duty and passing events.”
However, Marcus did receive the official passport from the War Department, Office of Indian Affairs, appointing Marcus and Henry to be missionaries and teachers to reside in the Indian country and requesting from the Army of the United States “such attention and aid as will facilitate the accomplishment of their objects and protection should circumstance require it.” (Notice that Narcissa and Eliza were not mentioned.)

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