Mary, Anna [Annie L.] and Joanna [Muir]
Trouts Hollow CW, Dec 2 '1865Dear Sisters Mary, Anna, Joanna -I feel that I owe you a long apology for not replying to your long good letters. I have been exceedingly busy, but this is not a sufficient excuse. My bed sets me upon my feet at five, and I go to bed at eleven, and have to do at least two days work every day, sometimes three. I sometimes almost forget where I am. What I am doing, or what my name is, I often think of you and wish with all my might that I could see and chat with you, were it not that I have no time to think, I would grow homesick & die in a day or two, my picture of home is in my room, and when I see it now I feel sorry at the thought of it being sold, Fountain Lake, Oak Grove, Little Valley, Hickory Hill etc, with all of their long list of associations, pleasandt & otherwise, will soon have passed away and be forgotten. I was glad to hear that Dan was visiting so long with you. I suppose that he told you many a surprising and funny tale of Canada, I think that he can make & enjoy a joke very well indeed I had a letter from him, he says that he has plenty of money, clothes, & hope for the future I will write you all a long letter someday
Trout's Hollow [Canada]
1865 Dec 24
Reel 01, Image 0742
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