Those translations of letters domestic via 9 Norwegian immigrants element their conception of the US and their adjustment to its way of life among 1870 and 1945.
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The reason I have postponed writing to you until now is that I had intended to leave here this spring. "Leave here! Are you crazy? " you must be saying. Yes, I do want to leave again, but not go so awfully far this time. I want to go farther west in Minnesota, where land is cheaper. Land is so expensive here that it would be sheer stupidity to buy any as long as there is plenty of cheap land to be bought farther west. Yes, I could even get land on a "homestead" for as good as nothing, but I have little desire to travel out into the wilderness, even though for the sake of the future it might be best.
This is a good place for me, for there are not any children, and the old people are very good to me and to my little one. Yes, dear sister, you can never believe how happy I am to be able A SINGLE WOMAN IN ILLINOIS 37 to eat the bread I have earned myself, even if I have to work rather hard for it. I am quite close to Uncle Ole and have the opportunity to visit them often. They are quite well, you should just see what a nice house they have and now they have five cows and two calves and a number of chickens and ducks.
1 am, thank God, in good health, as are both my brothers. .