J[oanna Muir Brown]


[Mary Muir Hand]


[4] become settled, I have made her a cute little [illegible] and take his out in the yard every sunny day but we have not got her a buggy yet.]

Father is not feeling very well, he ate pie plant a few days ago and started is bowl complaint again which with a little cold made him feel consider- ably out of order, but today he looks much better [but struck out] though he has not been up today as he says he thinks it is better for him to lie in bed. Some times he gets up every morning at five oclock and walks before breakfast and thinks we are shamefully lazy and then changes


[in margin: I suppose I shall have to sign my name [illegible] here or you might not know who wrote the letter. I have written to Katie today too. Sister J.]


Kansas City Mo. Dear old Girl

Please do not take exception to my mode of address for I mean it to be very loving. Your nice long let- ter found me. father's also was recd and I was thrice glad to hear from you. I am so very glad too to know that you are so much better and before you may [caution?] us to gain. You may do great things in art yet if you will only take some care of yourself to say nothing of the comfort to ones over life of feeling well. Sickness is a terrible thing; Satan seemed to understand it when


in speaking of Job he said - "Put forth thy hand and touch his bone and his flesh and he will etc." People can [illegible] a great deal if only they have good health, for then at least they are not [illegible] in their view of things.

I am feeling much better too than when I wrote you last, feeding the baby has been a great refile and she has done quite as well until within a week or two she has not seemed quite as flourishing, she had a [illegible] and I got that cured up, then a cold & the [illegible] in her life which is now nearly gone. but I think her teeth are troubling her though she has not cut


any of it though I thought her teething long ago. She is sitting now on the bed with pillows all about her to keep her from falling overboard, she can sit nicely now but manages to get over on her head as often as possible to make one come and set up again she is up to all sorts of little mischief now and is just a precious little comfort. I had most of her short clothes ready a long time ago intending to put them on when she was six month sold but we have had such changeful strong windy weather this spring that I did not think best to change until the weather


his mind and says it is not food for him to ex- ercise at all and so on but it makes it harder for me first snow as mother is away from home for a week or more and I have to wait on him all alone. but he will likely get tired of [illegible] soon. I told him today that I thought it would perhaps be better if he would sit up a little while but he said any thoughts were all diabolical and he had no one to please but the Lord.

I could not save your house for you for a family moved into it some time ago, but I like them quite well and we have become quite neigh-

[both sides of addressed and post marked envelope] 1885 Joanna Mrs. Willis Hand Phillips Wisconsin


borly they are so even that we can visit each in our own house as it does not [illegible]. Several ladies have called on me but it takes a long time to get acquainted in a new place particularly when one has a baby and goes as little as I do. I [stricken word] I am seldom outside the gate.

You had better first keep the picture until some good opportunitye presents itself for as you say if it were [illegible] a lot it could not be replaced and as I should have it all my life I can well afford to wait.

I must get [illegible] and [I?] will close, oh how I wish I could see you this Sunday evening out front imagine a kiss and hug, and a little sleft kiss from Ethel, [illegible] you send [illegible] picture of which you spoke? Tell him auntie sends him a great big kiss. Love to Willis.

Remember me to Mrs. [illegible] and any other friends you like. Please semd me the pattern of that pretty little sleeveless [apron?] used to wear I am afraid I could not [pet as pretty?] aff me


Kansas City, Mo.


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