1838 September 30. Salmon Sawyer ALS to Aaron Sawyer; Appanooce, Illinois.
[Note: Located in the Duane Norman Diedrich collection]
Responding to his cousin, who had inquired about "speculation &c in the West." Some think the area "the very Garden of the world while others … are disappointed and return back". Sawyer notes that the area is excellent for selling goods; business is principally done on navigable streams. Persons who are able to speak in native languages are able to engage in profitable trading with Indians. The Blackhawks will not speak English.