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Historic Diaries: Marsh, 1834

"A Place of Great Moral Darkness"

Editor's Note:

Rev. Marsh turns his back on Iowa in this entry and faces toward home. These brief notes are followed by two pages of descriptions of money received from various people and letters sent.


Although his mission is over, Marsh's comments and observations are not. It will take him another week to cross Illinois and Wisconsin, during which time he will have much to say about frontier life in Galena, Mineral Point and other well-known places.


6th Sat.


Early this morn[ing] the boat was under way and I bade adieu to Rock I[sland], a place of great moral darkness and wickedness where none scarcely call on the name of Jehovah.


Was engaged most of the day in writing to the Board. In the eve, delivered to the Clerk to be mailed at St Louis, the one for Dr. Williamson and the [one] for the Board.


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