[Now?] Mary you should just [illegible] grit and [bone?] of that kind in your letters I only scribble that nonsense to show you that these small matters which occur in the neighborhood which you do not think worthy of note are still of interest to us when so far from home. I am sorry that John & David have had to leave home but it is better that they go down to sojourn in this American Egypt then of fight American Philistines. I trust Mary that you are deligently employed in the acquisition of knowledge - prepare yourself for usefulness as a teacher and do not think of marrying for long years to come, is my advise this note will also do for Anna & JoanGive my kindest love to all at home Write soon Affect'ly John  March 5th /6[5?]Dear Sis' Mary I would give you a kiss cash down for the satisfaction of seeing you I fancy that your face is [illegible] so lean and little but that I could easily find it. I received your last letter with a great deal of pleasure but it was not great enough in [of its?] dimensions minute enough in its details or sufficiently [illegible] knick knacky [illegible] [illegible] is a f[illegible] for a [illegible] letter from you [illegible] though as regards style I by no means commend it to your exact i[illegible]
1865 Mar 5
Reel 01, Image 0688
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