We pray the God of mercy to deliver us from our present Calamity, wrote Patrick Breen on the first day of 1847 as the Donner party awaited rescue from the snowbound Sierras. This title features his famous diary. It includes not only primary sources of the Donner tragedy but also the letters and journals of other emigrants on the trail that year.
Each volume is introduced by the distinguished historian Dale L. Morgan, whose shaping and elucidation of the material have produced a factual account as dramatic as any novel or movie. Included among other Morgan titles reprinted as Bison Books is Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West.