O John, John, do not stay too long. Surely you can go again next year with the new summer, if it seems best. Last Monday, the Alaska steamer reached Nanaims. “He will be in California soon.” I thought. — Then came the Bulletin item here enclosed.— Well, at least I have the comfort of hoping that the steamer brought many good words from you, — but I must wait, three days longer. Letters are sent overland, and take from six to eight days; so that after receiving yours there has been no time to answer before departure of the “California.” A line from the Postmaster said that my letter to Port Townsend had at last been for- warded to Wrangel, but there must still be two poor notes at Victoria. This also will be too late unless it be sent tomorrow morning, for our postoffice is closed on Sundays. My last letter to you was written at the “Grand Central” in Oakland, and at midnight: now it is ten o’clock, but I must be up early, to take papa to the San F. train, and then I go myself over to Benicia. We have been sorely grieved this evening, hearing of the death of our dear friend, my former teacher, Mrs. Colby. She was indeed a noble Christian woman, ever helpful, and true and faithful in every relation of life. Mother has again been sick all the week so I am tired and nervous with extra cares, but I work out in the sunshine warm, as much as possible, in the way of a tonic preparation against the com- ing frosty winter weather. Wednesday, I received from Mrs. Swett a charming letter inviting me
1879 Oct 24
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