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Volume IX, Number 2 | spring 2016

Miscellany

“Thank the good God we have all got through and the only family that did not eat human flesh,” wrote fourteen-year-old Virginia Reed, a surviving Donner Party member, in an 1847 letter. “Don’t let this letter dishearten anybody and never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can.” Reed reported being “pleased with California, particularly with the climate.” 

All the married heiresses I have known have shipwrecked.

- Benjamin Disraeli, 1880

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