Wassonville, Iowa, July 17, 1857.
Dear Wife And Children, Every One, — Since I last wrote I have made but little progress, having teams and wagons to rig up and load, and getting a horse hurt pretty badly. Still we shall get on just as well and as fast as Providence intends, and I hope we may all be satisfied with that. We hear of but little that is interesting from Kansas. It will be a great privilege to hear from home again; and I would give anything to know that I should be permitted to see you all again in this life. But God's will be done. To his infinite grace I commend you all.
Your affectionate husband and father,
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 411