and ships it. If you do send up here for some mother thinks you would like Mrs Mitchel’s better than Mrs [Arnot’s?] as the latter makes it [underlined: very] salt (I am getting into such a habit of scrawling I am afraid I shall never be able to write decently again!) We, that is your, Portage relatives are all enjoying pretty good health, Maggie is in the country at present visiting John’s folks. I guess my eyes are a little better and tell the Doctor I am becoming daily more and more grateful for his little bottles of medicine & I think it is going to hold out well. Mother sends her love. Lovingly Yours, Joanna  Portage City Wis. May 16th 1874.Dear Emma, You may perhaps have expected an acknowledgement of your naughty little note ere this, but the fact is I have only just recovered from a serious fit of indignation. Did such a cloud of obstacles loom up before you that you felt incapable of overcoming them, or did you [deleted: or did you] have an unfavorable vision concerning the affair? You did not give any cause for your conclusion. I, or rather [underlined: we][in margin: If it is convenient for you I think I will now avail myself of your [reding etc.?] pattern which you offered me. The one from which you cut your black dress. [illegible] not trouble to cut it off and I will take good care of it and send it back. I want to have a dress fixed over [illegible] J.]
Portage City, Wisc.
1874 May 16
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