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Shannon Cogbill June 14, 2017 Document Summary 5 Donner: Doc. 214 Life on the Overland Trail This excerpt is a letter to an old friend of Tamsen Donner. She describes the state that they are currently living in at this point in their journey. She describes a peaceful journey with no interruption. She feels she is in decent company and describes a few of these people. The Indians would visit and feast with them, posing no threat. The main resource they thrive upon is buffalo as they describe using buffalo chips, dried buffalo feces, in the place of coal and also eating the meat of the buffalo. She describes the condition of the wagons, as they are in good shape and describes the foods that they have brought along: milk, butter, rice, beans, little bread, meat, flour, and cornmeal. The land they are crossing is described as fertile and “suitable for cultivation” and each flower that is passed is noted. Donner seems to have a moderately optimistic look on the situation as she describes how they have no fear of Indians and how they and their cattle are left in peace.
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