Sarah [Muir Galloway]
 stout she is wearying for a letter from you she says she has not had a word since you left do write her John I let David M see you letter to read when he was over he read along finely till he came to "Kate and cash" and then you should have seen his face, he thought himself it was a good [hit?], Twenty four John I am more than that and how has so much time been spent I am afraid we could give in but a poor account and Time is worth so much more than we act as if we know "Millions of Money for an inch of Time" was the exclamation of Queen Elizabeth as she lay on her dying bed, how many inches have we wasted O John how careful should we be if how we spend our Time, I sent you two Papers did you get them, Anna & George is well and so is David but I have been very [smiling?] for a good while now I keep much about the same yet David has brought one home a little Keg of Beer, now dont laugh John but tell me if you think it will do me any good how beautiful it will look around your fine Lake now with all the grass and tree's and flowers budding out so fresh and green, who can look at them and not think of Him who made them all, or see their order and beauty and say they came there by chance, the closer you examine them the more perfect they seem while on the other hand the more you examine the work of man the coarser they show. How is your Prickly Pear growing. As few day after you went away I noticed eight or nine little ones on mine they grew very quick till there were some of them three or four inches long and only about half an inch b[illegible] I think they grew so quick on account of being up by the side of the chimney / I then took them down to make them hardier and the big ones that had them on began to fall off and the others too till instead of all you clusters around the original ones there is only Two on one and one on the other but there is some fine ones growing on them David is going to write a [piece?] now and may you be happy happy happy write soon John I like a letter from you May God bless you John Sarah here is some more of my [scrap?] 00295 and if we could arrange it so to come at that time when you would be there; we were over at John Reids yesterday, Maggie is a little better the rest are about their usual; Dave has sold this land over here to a young man working to your Father, and has sent away an offer for Mr Everests place (late Mr Reids) so you see John there is nothing but changes, excuse h[illegible] today I am in a hurry good morning John, write soon to tell me if you are coming up to harvest & when; D.M.G.
Fountain Lake [Wisc.]
[1862 May 18]
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 26.0 cm
Reel 01, Image 0381
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