while we staid there: Father has gained in strength a good deal but has not been able to ride out 626 yet. We are in hopes he soon will be, the fine weather agrees with him so well I suppose Rachel has told you about her unexpected stay at home. We had over seventy Scholars at the Sunday School today. Peter seems to be trying to make up your loss as well as he can. The books you left and the remembrances you sent seemed very grateful to them they looked very tickled. You see Wm is not far from Yankeetown, and talks as if he would not care much if he "popped over" as he used to say if he could do better there than where he is. how I do not feel much like seeing them go so far from home and where it is perhaps not so healthy. However I hope they will be directed in the way that they can do the most good for the world and for themselves.00370 Hollow April 13th 1866Dear friend John It is very lonely here but most congenial to my feeling just now. I did not get to see my dear friend Anna; Father seemed not to be able to make up his mind to let me so far from home and now I never shall see her this side our home in heaven. I never could realize how I should feel until she really was gone. She told her sister to tell me she would rather have seen me than any one living, and that there was something that caused her a great deal of trouble that she has been wanting to tell me for a long time but could not bear to put on paper. Susie gave me to understand that one whom Anna "respected and loved proved to be fickle and unworthy, and that she never could get over it"
1866 Apr 13 - 22
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