We often thought of you These Hills and Mountains of solid granite rock with narrow valleys [ between?] often decending into lovely lakes was the general [illegible] of the county Beautiful rocky isles and islets without sti[illegible] in the main lake and wild tumultuous hills on the shore was the ever varying [ view?] of the [ tourist?] from Steamboat deck This was the natural home of the Mosses. Such mosses litchun and club mosses as I never saw anywhere else we brought a small cabinet of the different varieties with us From there we spent a year on [ Beaverton?] worked for a small joint [ clock?] Foundry Co of which Charles was the manager. Five visited us there and d[illegible] the molding shop a [little?] Hard times followed I took the next opening and came to this place in 1872 We unite with a Baptist Church here Have made quite a few friends and begin to feel considerably at home Upon the whole I think myself the recipient of more blessings than usually falls to the lot of ordinary humanity  Peterboro April 17 1875Dear Friend John I received your letter of the 21st Feb about ten days ago. I am very sorry to learn that you written me and others of us without answers As well as I remember it is about 4 or 5 years since I received any letter from Charles and Harriet received letters since all of which I think were answered promptly I am separated a considerable distance from the rest of us being about [100?] east of [illegible]
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