drafted to go to Scotland in the spring, I would have gone last fall but gold was fifty per cent, How much is gold in Canada payable in greenbacks. If I can get British currency cheaper by going to Canada and taking ship there I may see you I wish Dan that you & I had money enough to go together. I did not go to Michigan because I thought it would cost a good deal to get a start there and I might be drafted almost as soon as I went. You speak of home. I know exactly how you feel Dan, but if you were here you would soon wish yourself away again even though there was no war. You are much better where you are if you can only make out to go to school most of the time. Father and I cannot agree at all I could not live at Hickory Hill a single week hardly My advise is to rest as contentedly as possible where you are & prepare yourself for future usefulness by the culture and discipline of your mind, and rest assured of the hearty sympathy and love of all your friends. You have not a brother or sister who does not cherish your memory and earnestly desire your success You [illegible] a good place in our hearts I have confidence in you that you will one day grow to the full stature of a man as well in soul & heart as in body Set your mark high Dan - no person who was contented to live in ignorance has ever accomplished much in the work of Christian benevolence. To what and do we receive life and health from God if not to do good and to be good Be careful of your health Dan - guard it as a thing from Gods own hand. Study habits of economy and tidiness. Think no task too insignificant or [illegible] to claim your attention if it may increase your power of usefulness. Wherever your lost is cast "There's a friend that's' ever near" and I am glad that your [illegible] his presence. War is now casting its terrible harvest through all this unhappy land Drafting is becoming more & more severe & we sometimes wish that we could all be with you. I have not money enough to stay long in Scotland I hardly know what to do War seems to spread everywhere. it seems difficult for a peaceable man to find a place to rest Sarah sends her picture. You shall have mine soon [illegible] I heard little Ann asking her mother how long it would [illegible] would see uncle Dan. My very best heart wishes to you Dan may God always bless you and make you useful Your Brother J
Fountain Lake, [Wisc]
1863 Dec 20
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