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Writing on Jan. 5, 1826, to his brother in Union County, Kentucky, R. J. B. Gilchrist reported on his slow progress over the sandbars and the ice- and sawyer-choked Ohio River. After passing Shawneetown, Ill., he was "3 miles above Golconda." With sufficient luck, he hoped to "sell out" his boatload of corn before reaching a point on the Mississippi one hundred miles below Natchez.