Title Page from the diary of Patrick Breen. Recorded between November 20, 1846 and March 1, 1847. At the time of the diary’s composition, Breen and his family were part of a group of pioneers–which came to be known as the Donner Party–completing an overland journey from the Great Plains to California. The diary documents the harsh environmental conditions and hardships endured by the party, and ends on the day of arrival of a rescue party.

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