Kate M. Graydon
fearful, that I’m careful not to need it. We learned the shorter catechism to propitiate, I suppose, the spirits of the [Murill’s?] who came over in 1637, & I have no doubt they looked from their blest abodes & smiled on us. Solomon too approves of the way in which we have been trained, it remains to be seen if we ever depart from it. Grandma Graydon once give us a willow appropriately called weeping willow, it was planted at our back-door & was pruned for our benefit without regard to time or season. Well, the elements though long delayed, were at last kind to us, & a tornado came along the other night & turnedthat weeping willow upside down. Joy came with the morning, we six children stood around & laughed without measure. This is too silly, but it is such a relief to be out of school. I am at home now, away from my boarding school, & it is not a bad exchange from “Miss Graydon”, to “Katie.” Sometimes I get out of sorts & wonder why you & Prof. Gordan have all the sight-seeing & good times, then I am thankful I can sit at homes, [&?], free of all fatigue & expense, can see it all through your pen. I think you should have more consideration for woman’s weakness, than to suggest “lace sixty miles wide”, [next?] something will suggest a seal skin
1880 Mar 28
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