Wednesday, September 16, 1863
My Dear Father & Mother,
Your good letter of April is at hand. I am happy to hear of your general good health. Sorry to learn of the demise of Dear Uncle Joseph, but old Death is equally (sure) of us all. I only hope that I may get as good a seat in heaven as the one he has. ( ) You got the money all right. It was rather a small amount after so long a silence but I explained to you in my last how I had met with reverse of fortune. Today I send 60 dollars to the Bank of B N. America. You will get a draft in the (course) of a few days for L12(pounds). I want you to write me & let me know your real condition. I am afraid you have (suffered) more than you let on to have. I have just got in my crop. I suppose I told you I was a farmer & a butcher in my last. If things go on as I expect, I will
be able to help ( ) (soon) (relatives) a little glad to hear Brother James is doing well. John writes fine. Tell ( ) I think I (should) see him some fine ( ) & Martha ( ) won’t we have a good time. But tell her not to get married to soon or (she) may not have time to show me round. Tell Brother Joseph that I will catch him (in) his ( ) some day for thinking I was dead I suppose he is an awful big (L ) by this time. Give my kind love to James ( ) Elizam & Alice & their families. Aunt Salley I hope is in good health & will be glad to see me some day. Tell Uncle Wrightous & Aunt (Fanny) that I often think of them also Uncle & Aunt Duckworth & all my cousins. I have to conclude as I never write ( ) the last hour. It is now 10 o’clock & my stove has gone out. So good night & God bless you all.