Just excerpts here, hastily transcribed. This dates Andrew's trip back to Kentucky and Illinois to 1851 possibly or very early 1852 and his eventful return with several members of the Bell family to before July 1852, when Tom wrote Martin. The Gentleman speculator I am afraid is a Confidence Man, but I will see if a ditch was dug from Mad River to the beach. "Union" is not on a list of Humboldt ghost towns, even, but it was a real little place for I found it as a town in the 1860 census. I don't know why the Wives and Daughters were apt to be taken by the people of Union. It could be a jocular reference to current polygamy. I have not found a high Mormon presence in Humboldt just at this time, although of course the papers are full of information on Mormons in the West.
Apparently Tom told Martin that Andrew had escaped some potentially disastrous marriage. As it turned out, Andrew married late. Good women were scarce.