Submitted By: Carole French DiSoto
The Interior Journal printed May 17, 1872 written by Lewis H. Bryant. April 23, 1872
from Missouri - The Interior Journal, May 17, 1872
Market, Platte County
Correspondence Interior Journal:
Some time since I saw in some
paper an announcement that you would start a paper in Stanford to be called the
Interior Journal. I felt very much gratified to know that the people of
my old home, "my faderland,"
would have a good paper, for I knew that if you were at the pilot house
to control it, the paper would be worth reading. I have, for some time,
I left Crab Orchard, Kentucky on
the 24th day of September last, with my family, passing through
Louisville when I crossed the Ohio River. The portion of Indiana through
We paid from 60 cents per bushel
for corn up to 80 cents all the state. Crossed the Wabash river at Vincennes, one of the oldest
settlements in the west, and a very nice town.
We fell in company with a lot of
very nice young men at this place from Hustonville, which whom we
traveled as far as St. Louis, through the most beautiful county on
I do not think we had to use our
breaks from Vincennes to St. Louis, a distance of 140 miles.
We passed the residence of an
old neighbor, Mr. P. H. Davenport. He was not at home, but we saw his
wife and son and daughter.
We crossed the Mississippi at
St. Louis, and I looked to see every wagon I had, smashed up, such
jamming, smashing, whooping and yelling, I never heard, nor do
If one wants to see business let
him go there, but don't take a family to cross in wagons in these ferry
boats. They will, however, have a great bridge completed before a great
We crossed the Missouri river at
St. Charles, twenty miles from St. Louis, over the best Mc-Adamized road
I ever saw, and one of the great beauties of it of it is that no toll is
We followed the North Missouri
railroad from St. Louis to Liberty, in Clay county, where we stayed one night with an old
citizen of Stanford, John Berry. He is living
The Kansas fever rages here.
Lands are lower in Platte county than they have been for twenty years.
Many persons who have been out in Kansas say that she is far ahead
I rented a good farm in the
county, for this year, of three hundred and twenty acres, for which we
pay one-third of the grain. We commenced planting corn the
Spring has been backward, but
now very pleasant farming weather. The wheat crop is very much damaged
by the severe winter, but the people have sowed a tolerable large
Some of the peach crop, in low,
flat localities, is winter killed. The buds are now swollen and will be
out in a few days.
The people here do their own
work, as there are but a few negroes in the county. I have not had a
lock on my smoke house nor corn crib since I have been here. I want to
You look on the map and see that
is cut up by the
tributaries of the Arkansas river and that portion through which the
Atchison, Topeka and Santa' Fe railroad
I wish much for the colony from
old Lincoln to go out with me. of such as you have an abundance. We are
surprised to know that so many Kentuckians will remain in the old State,
This Western county is destined,
in less that twenty-five years, to rule the nation; if, in fact, she
does not already hold the balance of power.
We will gladly welcome all who
More anon. Yours & e. Lewis
P. S. Tell Tom Varnon to move
out here and get rich, and in due time we will send him to the State
Legislature and then to Congress---and all this shall be done before he
is fifty years old.
L. H. B.
[Note. -- A very interesting
portion of this letter was mislaid, which we regret exceedingly -