[Joanna Muir Brown]
only thing that could keep [deleted: father] him with us, [illegible]. concluded to build a little house that would do for him to speak in and try to get enough together to interest him, for you know he never was very fastidious about numbers, but I fear his trouble will be fruitless for on being told what the building was for father almost impatiently declared that it was of no use to try to keep him for it was now evident to him that the Lord never intended him to work here and it would be [deleted word], useless for him to go into the battle alone. He is01071so different from any other mortal man I ever knew that it seems just impossible to have the least influence with him when he once makes up his mind, he however says that he will remain here until August when some note of his becomes due, this was his own proposition and we were only too glad to have him stay as long as he would, hoping that in the meantime something might occur to alter his mind. Poor old father, it is useless to feel vexed with his absurd notions of duty for they seem a part of himself and must be made the best of, though
1882 May 30
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