Sister [Mary Muir]
my back feels stronger and the weather has been much more endurable, but such a day as this makes us squirm. I am glad every day that you are so happy, I shall expect a description of you rustication and am anxious to know how you are now employed. I suppose you have not been tempted to commence attending school again I suppose you [underlined: would] rather like to graduate. Mr Hall wished you woud and thought you ought to. David is going down to Milwaukee to attend the state fair, starts tonight and perhaps well see Dan. I have had another letter from John he [deleted: is] was just starting for the Mts again. Your own Joanna
[in margin: I trust you will not be long in writing. My love to Mrs Smalley.]
[in margin: I have just learned that Maggie too subscribed for the Polar and tropical world, so for pitties sake dispose of yours if you can.]
Portage, Sep. 8. 1874.
Have I been very long in acknowledging your kind letter and carefully prepared patterns? Yes to be sure I have best. my dress is made & has been worn and is the admiration of the whole city and country all of course because you sent the pattern so accept my thanks for the favor, for although it (the pattern) seemed long in coming and it is not pleasant to lie in bed for lack of something to wear, yet every thought of vexation vanished at
sight of your neatly ar- ranged work. Maggie has been quite sick but is much better again. Annie is home at last but you will be surprised to hear that she is again teaching. Mary Staley was not able to enter school and so made arrangements [deleted: to] with Annie to teach a few months until she should recruit, so that Anne is right here at home and thinks she will like it best she will doubtless write to you shortly and tell all her own news. Our ministers only little girl died last
week causing much sorrow, I was there during much of her sickness and never be- fore was a witness to parents grief on such an occasion, Poor little Edie was a sweet little [deleted: little] blossom which all loved and her loss almost broke her mothers heart. We received a letter from Father last week in which he said he would not live in Portage ten min- utes if he could help it and desired Mother to come to H—. but Mother says, Nay verily. I rejoice to say that I am much better than when you were home
1874 Sep 8
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