Eliza S. Hendricks
be delighted to see you. Dixie, the only daughter is a fine interesting girl. She came to the Fair two years ago, and visited her Hoosier kindred. Terry, the only boy is, according to account a fine manly fellow. I have not seen him since he was a baby. I want them both to know you.It was kind of you to write so promptly. My fears are at rest. I hoped they were entirely groundless; but joking is rather hazardous, because it is liable to be misunderstood I am not afraid of you when I am talking, but writing is different. We do not always succeed in giving our exact meaning. Never be you afraid of me. I have always understood every little joke you have given me either verbal or written. Do not think I was influenced by Sidney Smith's dictum regarding the difficulty encountered in getting a joke into a Scotchman's brain. I wish you had told me when your Alaskan book is to be launched.Every your friend S. Hendricks.
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