but after a long struggle in the rapid current we were fairly beaten and our dream of water travelling at an end. We disembarked on the sandy shore took our gear from their [illegible] places under the [illegible], then uncovering our heads we made a speech in turn to his boatship then directed it to a friend in Dubuque, and after placing two postage stamps upon it to make it go, pushed it into the current and marched slowly away through the tall grass for the hills. Dogo always saluted us with more than ordinary energy, and frightened children, when they caught a glimpse of the queer looking strangers, darted for the house whose windows were lined with faces, we once alarmed a whole village - but I must halt, I was at Davids Wedding - he evidenitly thought that his [illegible] was the most perfect piece of mortality "this side of the new Jerusalem" We of course wished him happiness I dined at his house in Portage a few days ago, but Dan you & I must not on any account permit our- selves to think of marriage for five or six years yet, and I give this as a very grave hint, for if your permit your self to fall in love [illegible] [illegible]. When you write next tell me particulary about your health and studies and what you expect father to do for you as respects giving you education, or money, or farm I have worked hard in harvest this summer and built John Reids house over the hill from fathers, also I plowed for John about two weeks, I am splitting cordwood and rails for stove this winter and studying French Latin and Anatomy also Scottish history and [manners?], as I intend if not
Fountain Lake, [Wisc]
1863 Dec 20
Reel 01, Image 0614
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