Andrus, Milo, "Correspondence," St. Louis Luminary, 17 Mar. 1855, 66-67.
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I will say, that the landing with a little improvement, I believe to be a good one, and that the best natural road (which has been traveled enough to make a very plain track) out to the main Military road that I have ever seen running back from the Mississippi river, it intersects with the Military road some six miles from this place, and from thirty to forty from Fort Leavenworth-plenty of good water and advantages for camping places, and an abundant range for stock without any miry places, are some of the advantages of this point, as a point of outfit.
The spirit of the people seems to be liberal and in a measure free from prejudice-you will consider what effect their interests may have in this matter. I have seen the most of the proprietors of this town: some in Platt City; some in Weston, and some in this place; they have all assured me that if we pass here we shall be treated well, and if we leave any of our emigration at this point, their rights shall be respected the same as other men. There is no warehouse built here, as yet, but I believe there will be in time for us, if we should want it-I am not able to say at this time, definitely, that we will start from this point; I want to look and inquire further up the river, but you are aware from the amount of business and the shortness of the time, that I cannot explore very much of Kansas or Nebraska, but will do the best that I can, taking into consideration the nature of the circumstances. I shall have to let them know at Atchison in the course of a week, in order that they may make the necessary improvements for our reception.
I will now say a few words to you in regard to cattle. As far as I can ascertain, the great majority of the cattle will be in poor condition, owing to the scarcity of grain, but I shall bear in mind the conversation between you and me, and by and buy the best I can find.
I must now conclude by saying that my health is tolerably good, although my face has been frost-bitten, and by riding constantly in the wind is very sore and pealing.
My kind regards to you and those in the office, and through you to the Saints in general. Br. Siler joins in love to all. I am as ever, your fellow laborer in the kingdom. Amen.