3 miles back of sundown
Saturday morning ...
My Darling Girl: —
We have crossed the mountains & don’t expect to come to anymore until we get into Idaho. ... We have proven that my machine can do or go anywhere.
... How I wish you were with me, & that it was possible for you to take the trip - I feel confident we can make it.
With... a barrel full [of love], I am, as always, yours.
(Letter 4 from Horatio to Bertha, May 23, 1903)
Monday, June 1st.
Well Old Girl,
I am rather provoked over our delay... I have lost 5 1/2 days. This is a bad start for our first eleven days out. Just as soon as I can get decent tires we will make a record run.
I feel more confident that I can make New York. Crocker is more interested than ever & is keeping the machine up in good shape.
... It is hotter than blazes today & I wish we were on the road. We are causing a great sensation along the road - it is the first machine that has ever gone over these mountains. Yesterday the farmers
drove in for miles to see my machine & there has been a hundred people around the livery stable since our arrival. I have been offered all prices to take them for a ride. I have promised some of
the cow punchers a ride if they will get me up a good round up. They are planning it for this afternoon & I expect to see a regular Wild West show.
(Letter 7 from Horatio to Bertha, June 1, 1903)
Hotel Burgoyne, Montpelier, Idaho. Wednesday
Darling Swipes --
Just a line to say that everything is alright with your wandering boy. I can’t write much, as we sleep, then work. We arrived here at 12 o’clock this noon with the running gear of one of
the front wheels gone. We have it patched up & shall leave in the morning hoping that it will take us to Cheyenne.
When you hear that we have reached Rawlins, Wyoming, you will know that I can make the trip a go -- so bet all the money you have got on it.
... Well old girlie, I can’t say any more -- you know how I feel. I shall make up for lost time.
H. Nelson Jackson
(Letter 17 from Horatio to Bertha, June 17, 1903)