Emily [O. Pelton]
but expect them here this summer. I wish you could come when they are here Mrs Carr was frequently at Pr du Chien & I think you know her You ask me to tell my work well it so happened by a great coincidence that the [illegible[ay your letter arrived I began [illegible] lumber for repairs on the [illegible] tory house & tomorrow I am [illegible] to begin tearing down muslin partitions, that you spoke of I made a saw mill for Mr H this winter, & have been operating it lately, this together with various jobs of carpenter work & the feeding of a herd of hateful gobblers is my terrestrial employment & visible means of support I do not think you will re- cognize me, like John the Baptist I dwell in the wilderness & have a leathern girdle about my loins & I wear sackcloth & when I camp out I have ashes on my head & on my whole body[in margin: There are two families in [illegible] besides some]
1870 May 15
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