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Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison

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Bluemont, Kansas. August 2nd 1860
My Dear Uncle.
I received the letter that you sent me in Miss Bailey’s. was glad to hear from you. Day before yesterday in the evening we had a thunder Storm It came up from the North, there was a little over an inch of rain fell. It has been very dry here until lately. Corn has rose in value it is 50cts per Bus & Meal 75ct at the mill. It is not certain whether there will be any corn raised here this year If we do not have more rain it will die. The grass is very short on accont of the dry weather and hay will be very scarce this year The springs are all most all dried up; the creek has stopped running and the water stands in holes. Your large spring has not failed. The water in the college well

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is very low, there is hardly enough for drink. The Plasterer gets the water to plaster with from the creek & Mr Huntress folks get water to wash with from the creek Our well holds out pretty good is not much lower than it was in the spring. Mr Currier has commenced building a house East of the College. He has got a very good well. The Belfry is finished & painted except the Blinds the Third story is lathed and partly plastered. There are two rooms finished in the Second story. The carpenters have hung The doors in the school room and put the mop Boards down & the finishing around the doors. We did not see the eclipse here because it was cloudy in the morning. Old Puss comes up every night for his milk & Little Pone is doing well.. when are you coming home? pleas write me as often as you can Your Affectionate Nephew
H.L. Denison

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