Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

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Yreka, Calif. Nov. 9, 1940.
Well Dearest
I thought 1 would drop a line, to let you know I am safe.
I started and decided to go west, and, believe me, when I hit Pennsylvania and every state thereafter I met a terrific storm—as follows, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, California.
I slid off the road in Wyoming in a sleet storm and damaged the car a little. The blessed mother was with me and I did not get hurt. I had to leave one of the cars in Montpelier, Idaho, on account of the weather was too dangerous. And the next couple of nights I was caught up on a mountain in Oregon near the town of John Day. The snow was very slippery and deep. The police car had to pull me out and I was not hurt. Yes, the blessed mother really taken care of me in a-many ways in all the storms and danger I had to confront me. I did not get a chance to make many novenas on the road on account of driving all the time, but I said lots of prayers just the same.
I am trying to find some kind of good climate and will soon or I will keep roaming till I do.
I cannot go home (New Orleans) at this time with­out money, but I will send you there as soon as I can. Give the priests and all my friends my best regards and will always remember you in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you. Yours very truly.
From a real pal, Ferd J. Morton.