Mary and Willis Hand
& therefore they must I suppose leave very soon though they need rest & change of climate & seem more than any two other women I have ever seen out of bed. It seems strange to hear you speak of fine weather & 34 degrees below zero. The hills here were green & flowery until yesterday & we could still glean a few good grapes in the vineyard but now we have a truly wintery land & sky & the ground has several inches of snow, a sight I have not seen before in the California lowlands before.I can hardly say after so many failures when I shall have that happy visit to you all. but I am coming sometime. As to the big camp meeting for the purpose of experience telling in our scattered family I hardly hope for it though it would be a grand & very bulky affair The trouble or difficulty in the way of such a gathering is that one strikes root more or less deeply wherever we chance to stop any length of time & in the case of a large family like ours growing on different kinds of soil & with varying [pursuits?] etc death is about the only harvester that can bring us together
1883 Jan 1
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