as matters have now shaped it will be impossible for either of us to return, next term at least; so, [recollecting?] your acquaintances with Mr. Dates. I write to you at his P.O. hoping that it may reach you. If you will send me your address I will forward the book by return mail. We found our friends all well on arriving home and glad to see us. Crops are looking very well in this neighborhood, but will not be half the yield of last year, the drought having affected them materially, and also there is some complaint of [rush?] in wheat. The " Fo[illegible]" was [illegible] in our village with greatenthusiasm and success, the newly awakened military excitement being represented by two companies of "Home Guards" who contributed in a great degree to the interest of the occasion. Have you heard from your application for a Patent yet? and what new wonder have you been inventing lately? Hoping that our unintentional [illegible] has caused no serious inconvenience I am Sincerely your friend Harvey Reid
Union Grove, Racine Co., [Wisc]
1861 Jul 13
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