John who was the inventor of nonsense if you know just thank him for this letter I must say I never experienced his help so much as since I commence blethering out letters to you. I guess I have read the most of your book that we have, it is a very interesting history there is in it manny sudden raising and fallings of empires many great and [poops?] battles. many noble and mean [Captians?] and Generals many wise and ignorant Kings. I wish I had the other volumes. If you have any hope you will let me have them if you are through with them John always forgets to take his one home. William has got a letter from you by [Hendry?] but there is a part of it so dull that he cannot make it out so[illegible] is rather small please write a little sooner this time you need not waite till you get an afternoon to write one all nice and sleek just sit down some night and illegible[abble] it out rough and ready just as it comes and long to mind that and try and scare me [illegible] or [illegible] never mind. no more off present [illegible] remains your famous [illegible] Charles Reid00232[Rossie?] Dale March 10th 1808 1. Now Johnny read then Johny rhyme 2. To me a roaring letter 3 And when your done just say Yours of the 4th Amen 4. And send it with the carrierDear friend John Yours of the 4th [inst?] was received by me in due time and I was glad to hear from you for I though you was longe in writing but it came at last and after reading it I could not pick anything out of it to worry it was so neat and complete. So here I be without one word to write write a [illegible] I am in good health hoping this will find you in good health although John this is a very common pharse in letters yet I am glad I can say so. I am working along as usual. Spring will soon be in and then rat a tat a [illegible] at all the time in a billegible] but no rise in g[illegible]638
Rossie Dale [Wisc.]
1858 Mar 10
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