[Mary Muir Hand]
(2)was confined to his room for several weeks but is attending to business again. Is your family well, is your own health good? How I long to see you. You quite surprised me with the thought of there being even a chance of seeing you this winter. Oh! that you could have come-I should want to look and look and look at you! May your [in margin: coming] not be far distant.You ask me to come to you. Yes I hope to do so some time. but that time seems a good way off - when I have the care of two little ones - with them even a trip to [Nortage?] [to struck out] to see Mother seems quite an undertaking. I hope(3)to make Mother a visit in May if all is well - My plan is to visit [illegible] once a year but [this struck out] it will be a year and a half since my last visit-. When in Portage I shall try to get some good pictures of [Whelan?] and [Howard?] and of myself also - If I do I will not fail to send you some. What we have of Whelan are not to my liking or you should have had some.You tell us of singing birds and green grass - while we see ice and snow. Not many days ago it was no less than 46 degrees below zero Mercury was frozen. It is not nearly as cold now but we are having brisk winter weather
1884 Feb 3
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0029
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