David M. Galloway
 John you seem to have good times among the Belles but I guess you have not yet felt that in- [illegible]pressible something, or you would never call those sinners who play at "Blind mans Buff" [in margin: Please address to me Roslin [P.O. Marguette Co?] & also please date your letter & sign it M[illegible]] [illegible] or who have so far cast off all natural coldness & sulleness as to kiss each other [illegible] miscuously. I will not at this time consure you for your stiffness, for I know you are bashful, & I spare you; I will leave S. to tell you all the particulars of the late affair at Hickory Hill etc; & how it was mooted that you were to be neat; and I wish John from the very innermost corners of my heart that you may have good luck in this as in every other under taking, & to borrow a few words from my favorite poet which fully express my mind I will conclude "May plenty to you f[illegible] "And [losses?] & [crosses?] "Near at your hall[illegible] And last though not least may He who alone is able to keep you from falling, guide & direct you through all the thorny ways of this life & bring you to that Heaven of rest that is the sincere wish of your aff. Brother David M. Galloway 00250 Buffalo 21st Dec. 1860 My Dearest Brother John we received your long book's for letter three days ago & were very happy in particular to know that you enjoy good health. You "de- voutly desire" me to write you a letter, but John "what under the sun" can I write you about; I can fully appre- ciate your desire, for I remember well when first I left my Father's House & Father Land how I longed & pined for news from old home; & although my longings were poorly satisfied, for the old hackneyed apology with every let- ter of nothing new to write about; still met my eye; & I wondered & was astonished how so much could be written & so little said, for myself I felt something like old Job's comforter, "full of matter" & could write a perfect streak; but my dear I guess you are about as [verdant?] now; as I was then; tickled with every new thing
1860 Dec 21
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