Sarah [Muir Galloway]
allied to us wandering among and admiring their beauties. It seems to me your life must be passing very pleasantly for sure you seem to have arrived at that Lodge in the vast wilder- -ness that [illegible] speaks of: there are wars and rumors of war outside but I am not sure whither much more than the sound will reach you I have a great mind to send you a copy of the Tribune to wake you up. The past summer and fall has been an extremely busy one to me, the build -ing of the new house and so much tear -ing down and changing around the old part has made more work than I can tell you of, what with papering and painting and getting things put in order again I have had all I could do I assure you, but my health is pretty good I have had one of Mr Wilson's daughter's helping me for about four- teen months but am trying it aloneagain. Annie can help me a good deal now just think of it John she is as old as I was when I left Scotland when I think of it it seems as though it could hardly be real, and these thoughts lead us back [us back deleted] twenty two years, and then our shanty experience comes rushing back and so on. and so on. Many of those events in our history seem like a dream or a tale that has been told. George and Celia take me back further yet, to where you and I as children kept the house in perfect commotion so much so that they tell me if there was any extra noise going on they would say [illegible] thats John and Sarah fechtin. I believe C. and G. romp and play with as much noise and rest as we ever did when George is at home from school they are almost inseperable to be with him Celia is perfectly willing to help him tend to the cattle and clean the Stables. I suppose you are pretty well imformed
Mound Hill, [Wisc]
1871 Jan 15
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0383
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