he was and he said he would accompany us whether this
meeting was accidental or whether he had been secretly instructed
by Col. Sumner who had been at Lecompton on Saturday we
don't know. We came through without molestation. The road
from Lawrence here lies through the Delaware Reservation
and it is the most beautiful country one can imagine.
I thought what I had formerly seen of the territory was
as fine as it could be but this surpasses it. There are thous-
ands & thousands of acres miles in extent upon which you
see no habitation, and often no living things but birds.
I think one has a deeper sense of loneliness or solitude [written above or solitude] on these great
uninhabited prairies than we would feel in dense forests
of the same extent. I think probably the prairies are
more beautiful now, covered as they are with the fresh
green grass and such a variety of wild flowers, than they
are when the grass is taller. It grows they say nearly as tall as a man's head.
Leavenworth is much better built up than
Lawrence and is still more beautifully situated than it.
We are boarding at a private house, Mr. Keller's he formerly
kept the hotel. At the time Phillips was tared and cottoned
when he found some of his boarders was engaged in that affair
he told then to walk up to the desk, settle their bills & leave his