Dec 21st-1857 )
My Dear Sister,"
As I have a leisure moment -just- now
I will [?] it by making a few inquiries of you
about the state of affairs at home, and the [?]
[?] resources of the surrounding neighborhood."
You may expect this to be a very mixed letter,"
for I am going to write just as things come
to my mind. How did you like the appea-
rance of things when you got home - or should
[rather?] have said (where home used to be.)
[?] ever you were tolerable well [?]
it, as you had [?] the extent of the [dour?]-
ages [?]. No language could half describe the
appearance of things as they really were."
I felt for [?] days after I got home, as
thought I was not at home - you no doubt
had the same feeling but
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