He is now pretty well but is still encumbered by a crutch and a cane. I cannot become accustomed to see father thus crippled and I think he at last begins to realize that he is growing old. He seems very happy to have me here and is suited with everything I do thus far, but he is just the same man he has ever been and by this you know just what I mean. I must now inform you on another subject — I am engaged to be married to a man in Phillips and may perhaps give up my good Scotch name in the [fall?]. Mr Brown, for that is his name, had just come down to Portage to visit when 00931I received the letter from father and so insisted on accompanying me here, as he [feared?] the long trip and then the care of father, if he were very sick, would be to much for me alone and so before his return we went to Niagara Falls where we spent part of a day very pleasantly and profitably. I shall not here attempt my description, but I will say that I could not help wishing that I could have seem them years ago before man had so utterly spoiled the surroundings. Have you ever visited them? I believe however that I have not finished the subject with which I started out, 00931mind may be changed and that he may feel differently toward us all. I would not be unwilling to stay some time with father, but in all probability he may be very many years in this world yet and I could not stay always. Please write me very soon and tell me if you can arrange your affairs to be with us, with your wife, about the beginning of September, There is a good deal of satisfaction in playing tit for tat and so I might perhaps not have told you for a long time yet about my own affairs but was so anxious to have you come that I had to give you time to make your arrangements accordingly. Father received your letter and seemed pleased to hear from you. Much love to yourself and your wife Joanna.
1880 Jul 1
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