number intermediate I write this because I know it will give you pleasure to hear that others are happy although perhaps you don't at present enjoy much of their peculiar happiness yourself, as for me I feel and like freedom too well to have any notion as yet of being tied up to anything however holy & comfortable the bands might be, It may be fun getting married but it seems that life gets to be determined in ernest after that, just from what little I have seen of it. I am afraid James' project of taking a tramp through auld Scotland will be scattered to the winds before the time arrives for putting it into execution like many other young fancies He says he is going when he acquires a certain amount of money perhaps when he gets that he will be far going into a very different state than where [store?] is naught but bannocks and leeks and long legged callants a watin the Breeksthat is yet alongside of dome. Scotish girl or other and then all thoughts of the glens hills lakes etc of the lands [cakes?] will be swallowed up in how to provide grub and clothes for the rising generation. Our ja[illegible] down South terminated just when the sick time had commenced so we got through all right. Some were not so lucky We left Sam Mahaffy sick at Pittsburg on our way home, he did not live to proceed andy further. A Maitland took some lung disease and wasted away till a few days before we were discharged and W. Brown lately filled a consumptives grave. don't know whether his exposure down south helped the disease or not, all well hope this will find you the same. Shall be happy to hear how you get along in that far away place Yours A. Reid
1866 Apr 12
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