Those translations of letters domestic via 9 Norwegian immigrants element their conception of the USA and their adjustment to its way of life among 1870 and 1945.
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Last summer it was rather dry, so the crops in most states were poor. But then the farmers were well paid for what they had to sell. 75 per bushel (about a quarter of a barrel), mostly on account of the prospect of war in Europe. . There is much complaining of unemployment and hard times; and yet I don't believe anyone is suffering. Now it is beginning to look like business will get a little livelier again. For the moment I am doing nothing, and I don't know what I will take up next. I could continue to teach school, but I am tired of that.
Shall I write a letter to Uncle on my own and ask him to send me a ticket as soon as possible, and act as though you had never written a word about me? Then if I get one, we can travel together, whether you get a ticket or travel on your own money. I don't know what I should do. You know it was remiss of me that I didn't tell you anything definite right from the beginning, but the truth is that I am too vacillating and undecided. Yet it has always been my intention that if you went, I would accompany you.
From Stavanger. They say he is Father's cousin, but I am not sure of that. Well, I have been here for almost five weeks now, and I have not been to church or a prayer meeting yet. So I must say that I am longing to hear God's word proclaimed. . It is true that there are many churches and ministers here, but there are also so terribly many kinds of sects and I don't know yet if I want to go to the church that most people belong to, the Catholic faith. There is a Norwegian Lutheran church west of here, but I don't know exactly where it is.