Doctor Hempstead, a resident physician, was known to have a well-stocked library, and according to visitor Lewis H. Garrard, it "afforded recreation and pastime during the dull intervals of the day." During Susan Magoffin's stay at the fort, she recupereated in the doctor's quarters, one of the first white women to travel the Santa Fe Trail, she led a short, but adventureous life. At eighteen years of age in 1846, she married veteran Santa Fe trader, Samuel Magoffin. While crossing the Santa Fe Trail, Susan wrote about life and customs on the forntier. Traveling in style, her husband provided her with a private carriage, a small tent house, a maid, personal driver, and three servants. In her diary she proclaimed, "It is the life of a wandering princess, mine." Even through she traveled in luxury, her life was not without misfortune. Taken ill while enroute to Santa Fe with her husband, Susan Magoffin suffered a miscarriage upon reaching the fort.
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