A.L.S. December 4 [post 1878]. R.E.G. [Roxana Chapin Gerdine] to �Dear Sister� [Emily McKinstry Chapin]. West Point, MS. 4pp. Note: Part of the last page continues onto the front of the first page.)
my dining room covered stoves put in order thirty cords of wood cut at the door and a well full of water children well. Tom still doing well and after all that forgot when Thanksgiving day came taught school and had a poorer dinner than usual. I am ashamed of myself: had intended to make some �Aunt Parker� cake. I am so delighted with your steamed pudding have one regularly every Sunday for dinner R.E.G.)
West Point Dec. 4th"
I felt much relieved upon receipt of your letter day before yesterday stating that you were all well. I had a presentment that you were sick or some of the family. I am very sorry that you are putting yourselves to so much trouble about the potatoes. I hope you have abandoned the idea now it is too cold to ship. They will freeze if sent now many thanks for your trouble. I regretted it the day after sending and wrote you a letter but see it is here in my writing desk so if you have not shipped them yet
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