A.L. April 2, 1860. [Roxana Chapin Gerdine] to �Dear Sister Em� [Emily McKinstry Chapin]. 4pp. Note: Part of the last page continues onto the front of the first page.)
can not read it myself but it is after eleven at night and every body is in bed. so with a hasty love to all that means yourself & William & regards from the Gen. before he commenced snoring & a kiss from Tom-I will close. tell Nell I will write her soon & many thanks to you both for your interest. I will write father soon too. I think it was the first letter he had written me in nearly two years.)
April 2nd/ 60"
Dear Sister Em-"
I answer your very welcome letter by return mail or that is by ours which is twice in a week. You bad thing you. what business had every body in finding out my confidential letter to mother. has Mr. Clark mentioned it yet from the desk. I am terribly mortified not because you know it as you know I always tell you every thing almost but it was a secret with Lucy and myself. I had said so much about going home to spend the summer that I knew something must be done so I gained courage to write to Mother as she was an old married woman I knew it would not shock her.
Well I have decided to go if nothing prevents but when I have no idea as I shall keep on the look out for company as the Gen. can not possibly
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