Rev. S. S. Jocelyn,
Yours of the 14th inst is received. It reached Rawsonville on Saturday evening & was immediately forwarded to this place. My note from Cleveland on Saturday last you have doubtless received by this time & from it will doubtless learn that we are, or can, Providence favoring, be ready to meet the next company of the Mass. Em – Aid Soc – at Chicago at the appointed time.
As to my family we are 4 in all. I have a wife & two children – one son 12 years of age, one daughter nearly 7 years old.
My goods are put up in boxes ten boxes & one package, well wrapped, eleven in all. besides two traveling trunks.
The boxes are of different sizes. One of the largest contains a beaura, - others tables, beds, books, crockery & etc – they have not yet been weighed, but will I think weigh between 30 & 40 cwt. In addition to these there will be one horse
& a single open buggy. Shall endeavor to leave Cleveland on Tuesday evening of next week for Chicago – Shall go by way of Detroit. I find that I can go by the Lake to Detroit, thence by Mich. Central rail road to Chicago cheaper than I can by the Southern rail road to Chicago.
As to travelling on the Sabbath, I am very sorry that any of the Emigrants – especially any sent out by the Em – Aid Soc’ – should have done so.
For my part I feel that the observance of the Sabbath is a vital point, & I wish not to go one foot farther west than I can go without violating the Sabbath or any other pricept of God’s law.
Pleas address your next to me at Cleveland Ohio. Unless your letter can be mailed on Saturday of this week, or early on Monday morning of next, it will probably not reach me before I start.
As to aid, I have had no doubt but that the A. M. A. would do what is right & liblerat as far as they have means. I have never received a draft without feeling that it was sacred money, & to be used with great
care – that it would but much more agreeable to my feelings to have given a draft than received one.
I know not that it necessary to write further now. If I am favored so as to
reach Kansas, I shall endeavor to write very soon after my arrival there.
Yours truly -
S. L. Adair.