Dear Father, Mother, Brothers & Sisters –
We received a few days since a letter from Mother, since then, one from father, which we were all very glad to get. I should have written you before, but since we laid little Austin in the grave, I have not felt as if I could write – I shall not attempt to say much now - We fully believe that Austin is happy with his maker, in another existence, and if there is to be a separation of friends after death, we pray God to keep us in the way of truth, and that we may so run our short course as to be able to enjoy his company again. Ellen feels so lonely and discontented here without Austin, that We shall go back to Akron next fall, if she does not enjoy herself better – I am well pleased with the country and can be as well contented here as any where else, if it proves to be healthy – It is a very rich, and beautiful country – I should think it would be altogether best for father to come by land from St Louis – Salmon has a very good claim (as well as the rest of us) and seems to be very much pleased with it. We are all living together in tents, and in the waggon, and have no house yet – I used all the money I had, for freight and passage before I got here and had to borrow of John. We have no stoves – I wish now that we had brought ours along – We would all like to hear from you often-
Your Affectionate Son & Brother
(Jason Brown) J. L. Brown
If you should come by Akron on your way here, and could buy and box up a middle sized stove and furniture with about 4 lengths of pipe and send or bring to me at Kansas City I will contrive some way to pay you for it – I think they can be got there and shipped (over
here, cheaper than they can be bought here, I would like to have you enquire if you will. J.B.