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A. M. Davison to Isaac Hite, May 29, 1850

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can it ever be possible that such could be the case - In our travels we passed one day near one hundred waggons & teams with their complement of men bound for the Eldorado of mans destruction in California. Old men & women, infants at the breast, cripples the lame & halt, I might say blind in intellect if not sight. It is utterly beyond conception of the throng going hither, some counties in our state almost depopulated - If must prove the greatest curse ever sent upon the Country — This discovery of gold, — and greater by far must be the suffering upon the plains this spring than the last - This world is insane at least — For the minutia of the trip - Smith - I have offered my Residence & Office for sale and hope for an opportunity to sell at less than my last year booked a/cs - My lands improved & unimproved I shall retain for the present unless my price is offered - In that case farewell Cole County and the miserable Black Dutch. God send I never see another one after my departure from this — 30th To day we have been hard at work repainting the house and upon the whole have done a good days work - In consequence of a letter addressed me by a Physician of St Louis on a/c of my advertsmt [advertisement] and endeavouring to make things appear as neat as possible in case he should take it into his head to come up and see the premises - Good luck to him and my advertisement, as I am anxious to sell - the sooner the better, if the Purchaser should demand possession at once it will incommode us not a little; Although one years inconvenience is but a small matter to Missourians. I have put in a small crop upon the farm that Ed Lived upon 28 acres in oats Timothy & Clover — 40 in Corn and will have about 28 acres of Meadow to cut also 15 Acres of Clover, which latter looks remarkably well — Corn in now selling for 90 cts pr 50 lbs Flour $6 per Barrel Hay 75 cts pr Hundred lbs

[vertically at left] Come out next fall & I will shew you how to shoot Prairie Hens upon the wing - as I have two fine young Pointers in Pickle [vertically at right] Tell Lou I will write to her some of these days as this must be an answer for both of you at present