Unfortunate Emigrants by Kristin Johnson

By Kristin Johnson

 The tale of the Donner social gathering continues to be some of the most tragic and compelling in pioneer historical past. Johnson gathers many infrequent early narratives detailing the members' making an attempt studies into some of the most exact bills so far of this disastrous event.

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You, Patty, you, do quit," said Tom, somewhat fretfully and impatiently, as he stumbled; "you almost threw me down. " "May God bless the little girl," I exclaimed, "and bless both the children," I continued, as I remembered that in the greater interest which Patty's unselfishness had caused me to feel for her, I had for the moment lost sight of the boy. 9 Under the same date Edwin Bryant recorded, "We were joined to-day by nine wagons belonging to Mr. Reed and the Messrs. Donner, highly respectable and intelligent gentlemen, with interesting families.

They are held in the special collections of research libraries and do not circulate, or they are available as microforms, inconvenient to use and often issued in large and unindexed sets. Many of these documents have been excerpted in other works, but few are easily available in their entirety. The present anthology grew out of my own frustration in trying to track down items in this latter category of sources. ''Unfortunate Emigrants": Narratives of the Donner Party is not intended as a substitute for a scholarly history; rather it augments the available collections of documents, providing the complete texts of previously unanthologized documents in one convenient volume and with additional information in the form of annotations.

Vernon, Ohio, had traveled overland to Oregon in 1842. : Applewood Books, 1994). This work inspired many, including the Donners, Charles T. Stanton, and George W. Harlan, to head west in 1846. " OverlandJournal 12 (Spring 1994): 12-26. 17 James F. Reed did in fact perform the feat described. A fellow emigrant wrote, "Mr. Reid also shortly after came driving a fine buffalo bull, which he had Page 21 Chapter VI. Journey from Fort Laramie to Independence Rock. For the purpose of conciliating good-will, our party prepared a supper for all the Indians who then had lodges near the fort.

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