Portage July 10. ’74.Mary Dear I feel quite good natured this afternoon and think I had better siege the opportunity of writing to you that I may not again treat you to a shower of cold water. Well Mary I like your picture much, and thank you most cordially for it. it is truly beautiful and the more I look at it the more it looks like you and the more I love you for I can see all your soul in it.. By the way I showed it to a young gentleman the other day who seemed spell bound over it and pronounced it a most splendid looking picture He is no mean [illegible] either and before I drop the subject I will tell you who it was. I was most heartily surprised and de- lighted the other morning [illegible] [illegible] called into the sitting room by mother to be greeted by one of the journal school students I was so glad to see any one from there that he may be thankful that he escaped being embraced and kissed. We had a most agreeable visit. He is canvessing for a book Annie was in on the 4th and so also was the Galloway family. We were20[in margin: Mother sends love. Your letter was [underlined: very good] and made the tears run out of my eyes.
1874 Jul 10
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