[Elizabeth N. Moores]
by some farmers who lived near Mr Neely & as Merrill was very impatient to go on we rode with them & got to Mr. Neely's the same day! Merrill would not admit that he was tired but I know that this was too far to ride in one day; besides the farmer we spoke of lived two & half instead of one & a half miles from here & we had this to walk mostly after sunset I am very sorry Mrs Moores that I have caused you uneasiness about Merrills walking - after tiring out both Miss Catherine & Miss Nina, & leaving last Tuesday with perhaps a hasty step, you certainly had good apparent cause for the anxiety you felt and I am so unhappy as often to cause my friends similar unnecessary pain, but I am surethat under these present circum- stances I could [illegible] the smallest signs of approaching fatigue & I would not over weary my precious charge for all the floral wealth that may ever bless me - I will hope that your fears concerning this matter will disappear We are quite well - Merrill is spending days of great activity and seems to be very happy now Saturday was sheep shearing day and he had full scope for exciting fun in catching the sheep his success however was not as full as he wished. I heard him complain that they were merinos whose matted wool would not admit his fingers for a good hold He fully maintains his character as a muddy boy - such confidence & easy gestured invasion
 Jun 18
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