Monday, March 31, 2014

Thursday, March 31, 1864

Dr. Williamson, missionary to the Dakotahs, who arrived at Mr. Burgess’s last night, called here this morning.  He is on his way to Washington to get something done for the Dakotahs now imprisoned at Davenport, Iowa.  He wants to have Government sent a committee to investigate their case, believing that when this is done many will be found to be unjustly confined.  William gave him letters to Senator Wade, Commissioner Dale on Indian Affairs, and Hon. Mr. Ashley.  --  Mr. & Mrs. Cutler & little Sarah went up to Mr. Burgess’s to dine & spend the day with him.  Cloudy day & walks muddy.  No prayer meeting.  I wrote to C. C. Cutler.
There has been a formidable outbreak of the copperheads in Coles Co. Ill.  This cannot be more than fifty miles from Pana.  
George Cutter came & staid to supper & went back on train.  Mary Devore, the girl he once went to see, is to be married to Ezra J. Carpenter this evening.

Peggy’s comments:

Julia refers to the Dakotahs, members of the Sioux who were arrested after Indian uprisings in Minnesota.  Read an article including letters written by the Dakotahs here, and more information from Wikipedia here.  Dr. Williamson was related to Mrs. Burgess and her daughter, Lizzie Cutler.

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