Joanna [Muir Brown]
Sister Mary [Muir Hand]
[in margin: Father is very well but almost all [illegible] in bed he complains of great weakness in his back and limbs. He sends love to you and says "tell Mary I [illegible] hear [illegible] her and all of them"]
Kansas City, Mo. Jan. 30, 1884
Dear Sister Mary:
Your letter came today and had I allowed my-self to entertain any unkind thoughts about your long delay I would certainly reproached myself severely now that I know the cause but I felt there must be a reason or tried to think so all the time and when I write the [postal?] it was only because I could not help it.
But dear! dear! what could I say to express my [illegible] partly in all your [illegible] catching and [illegible]
(4) I think of it, I think it depends some on how people live, and in what part of the city, no doubt [illegible] an how places it is [illegible]but we have a [illegible] in that respect.
Now I suppose you are smiling to yourself at all my long story and I supposed it is all for nothing but I somehow felt [illegible] to write what I have.
So little [illegible] is pretty, well, again, how glad I am, my heart always warms at the mention of him. I hope you will manage to build up again soon. Did I tell you what a time [Walter?] had with [illegible] last [winter?] or carbuncles I could say. they came one after another on [the?] back of his neck right where his collar weighted to [illegible] and oh how he suffered, [illegible] this [illegible] and had to go with his head down. But felt all the time that he must be at the office if it killed him. And this [illegible] when he was having his hardest [illegible] financially and by the way, he had a very bad [illegible] then too. Besides he had to do chores and help me with the work some, father too had to be wait [illegible]as you [illegible] sick, so I fuss [illegible] [could ?] sympathize with [illegible Willis?] now as Willis with him. He has had [illegible] good health since then. Well you certainly have had plenty of help through all your trouble which is something to be thankful for. My [illegible] is pretty [illegible] sick just now and I do not know but that she will have to go home.
[illegible] is wakling now, just ["fairly" inserted later] started out. she is so busy it has taken her a long time. [illegible] Many [illegible] I shall be very anxious to hear a [illegible] occasionally.
[in margin: Love to [illegible] and yourself and the little boys. tell [illegible] I send him a kiss as big as the one he sent me.]
sickness too. I never had such a complexity of trouble of that kind but I have had all my strength [illegible] and so I know what it is. Oh if you only were where I could see you sometimes. Do you know I have concluded that after all Phillips is not a healthy place, it is too damp, and ok if I only dared to advise you to come here, I do not think it [illegible] to try to influence any one to change locations but in sport of any better [illegible] what do you suppose I did as [illegible] as I had read your letter, I put on any things and went to a neighbor whose husband is a lawyer wand who came [here?] more
than a year ago to inquire what was the prospect for a law- yer to get started here and how they liked the place. She said her husband was getting started now and was improving in health (he had not been well) and considered it quite as good a place as he could have found.
We all have to expect a good deal of [illegible] at first and locating [illegible] someplace, a great deal [illegible] and no income. but they consider that the city increases in population at the rate of about a hundred a day, I think.
As to health, I have watched most auspiciously [struck out and changed] for symptoms of malaria, but as far as our own family is concerned none have ap- [illegible] and I think I continue to improve in health and con- [illegible] I could not ask to have Ethel and better to be [illegible] Still many think they must take just about as much quinine [illegible] little while to keep in order. As I hardly know what
Kansas City, Mo.
1884 Jan 30
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