May 8th

Sunday, May 8, Marcus, Narcissa and Eliza stayed at the Methodist Mission for the Kickapoo Indians near Fort Leavenworth. Monday, they continued their difficult journey. Eliza wrote “This morning we leave this place and prosecute our journey through an uninhabited country till we reach the mission station among the Otoes.” Samuel Allis had ridden ahead to catch up with Henry Spalding and bring back the light wagon. Mid-week, he returned. After nine days of hard travel and sleeping on the open ground, they caught up with Spalding that week, only 18 miles from the Oto Agency.

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