I feel so thankful that he is still spared with me. I heard lately that the doctor had not the least hopes of his recovery last winter What do you think. I had a letter from Dan at last and it was not a fool of a one either. It came a very nice letter just like Dannie himself - he did not send me his photograph though and I half wish now I had not sent him mine - he said I would have to look to you for it: and I have to look to you for your own also please John like a good boy don't forget to send me yours You wont - will you? - I enjoyed the reading of your letter so much. Charlie said when he went away if there was a letter came from you I could open it and then send it to him I did so and with genuine satisfaction - I will be anxiously waiting now to get one from you right to myself. Don't keep me waiting for it too long. I should have written to you before but I thought I would wait until we heard from you again as the girls & Charlie had written. Poor Charlie we feel lonely enough without him. I miss him to tease me if nothing else; but he is a kind good boy - and he likes his missus too I suppose by this time he is with you at Oil Springs - you will likely hear from them pretty soon. I think they might about as well be over there with you as where they are - if they were in a healthy part. I am afraid that you will get sick when the warm weather comes - you should not stay if you find it does not agree with you - your friends here as far as I know are well - I don't see Miss Harcus often - only twice since you were here. I think she is lonely - we write to each other occasionally. I am sorry she has to be so far from her friends. I told Duncan of your enquiries for him and kind wishes for his happiness - he spoke of you in very affectionate terms and wished to be remembered to you and if he was a letter writer would like to hear from you. I suppose he would any way. he has been quite poorly most of the spring, poor fellow, he has not been out much, nor able to do much at home and I think he feels discouraged - and no wonder he is improving now though and I hope he will be better for the summer - just look; here I am at the bottom of this newspaper, and quite unconscious of the amount of paper I was covering - and don't feel as if I was near done yet ------Don't say any thing about the manner in which those flowers are put in
1866 May 10
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