sides, their gaping and ghastly wounds telling of the fearful horrors of warfare. Why do Christian people [illegible] to such terrible means of settling disputes? This is called by some a holy war but to my mind there is little of holiness in sending thousands of unprepared sons to eternity through the bloody gates of a Sabbath fought battle. I am sorry for the failure of your patent scheme; but do not think that invention would have [illegible] very large profits. Yankees are lazy, you know and like to lie abed o' mornings. But you will succeed better next time. I thank you sincerely friend Muir for the interest you take in my welfare and may perhaps some day be what I ought to be and what I am convinced you truly are - a Christian. A pious mothers prayers has long been offered for her erring son. I send your Geometry by the same mail with this. Ever your friend [H.?] Reid00274 Union Grove, Wis July 28th/61.Dear Friend Muir: On returning home from work last evening I found your welcome letter awaiting me;-for I have engaged to a farmer here to work through haying and harvest - I was much gratified in its perusal and hope that the accidental theft of a Geometry may be the occasion of continued correspondence between us. I can appreciate your feelings of pleasure on arriving
Union Grove, Wis[c]
1861 Jul 28
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