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    Army Doctor's Letter with Indian Content. Letter to a fellow army doctor written by "J.G. Nappuseth"; Four pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75". "Fort Garland, Colorado Ter: Latitude 860. Longitude. 1000. Friday, August 4, 1871." A good travel content letter relating their journey to the fort with descriptive passages of the passed terrain. After traveling by train to the town of Kit Carson, he is furnished with an ambulance and a wagon, and must make the rest of the way to the fort on his own. He writes of his journey: "We were 100 miles too far west for Buffalo, but Lord, the Rattlesnakes, Prairie Dogs, Owls, Wolves, Deer, and the such tame beasts, but not a single tree. We made Ft. Lyons in good time - started for Reynolds, and got lost on the Prairie. All this time, we of course, camped out... one fine morning after gaining the top of a little knoll in the prairie Pike's Peak, the Greenhorn Mountains and Spanish Peaks peeped up to give us a welcome. Now we came into the Antelope region - likewise Indians, and such small game..." Once he reaches Fort Garland, he describes the Indians in the area: "Beaver is plenty in this country, and Elegant skins can be had here - Now let us talk of the noble red men. The fact is when we who are on the ground want to know of any Indian trouble, we hunt an Eastern paper. They come in here - walk into your house, sit down on the floor and invite you to give them tobacco, just as if they owned both you & the tobacco. The Utes are the tribe who inhabit this section and are among the most powerful, as well as good looking tribes in this country. I get on badly here for I cannot talk Spanish - Some of the Indians can grunt a little English - We have a good many Mexicans here..."

    Condition: The letter has the usual mail folds, with a small separations occurring there. Some wear to exterior page. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope which has been torn open at right, resulting in paper loss along that edge. Envelope has soiling and wear.


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