Camp near Passo del Norte
June 23rd, 1849
Rev. Chauncy Richardson:
My dear Brother, with heartfelt gratitude, I can announce to you, that we have got through safe to this place without the loss of a man, horse, mule, or wagon, while I have the painful reflection to believe that there are hundreds now perishing in the mountains of Texas. A part of Captain Haynie's command and himself passed this some ten days before our arrival. They give an account of great suffering. They were reduced to the necessity of eating several of their mules and horses and many snakes. Captin Joseph Young, who left one month before us, save one day, numbering thirty-five men, passed this place on the fourth inst., with six men; vix: William Blair, James Blair, Wm. Love, Turrow, R. W. Fuller, and Thomas Early; the balance of the company have not been heard from and I fear never will be. There are several companies that should have been here long before this time; but they are not heard from.
...The distance we have traveled, agreeable to our account, is 762 miles from LaGrange; other make it much more...
(I can find no evidence that William ever returned from California.)
Jonathan Blair (1778 - 1842)
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Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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