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Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

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Manhattan, K.T. Aug 16th 1859
Dear Husband.
Your of July 30th at Fitchburg, was received Aug 13th with one for Joseph from Greenfield with two drafts one of one hundred and one of twenty five, on Greenfield Bank. Br Marlatt was here last week. Has received yours with the draft, or drafts, and would prefered they had been made out for me to sign, as Joseph has one week more to be gone to make out his three weeks trip. Br Pipher furnished money on one untill Joseph returns to sign it
They have the third story windows about half laid up with stone around, and most of the whole wall on the south side of the collage done.
Josephs back part was to be finished when he returned plastered ready for us to move in. But some of the men have been sick and they have not worked on it a day since he left untill today they are shingling. Mr Glossup
[Edge of Page 1] - Br Marlatt & Joseph wear cotton and woll under flannels white made on purpose for summer that will not pull. Look and see if you cannot get some and wear them, blow hot or cold, Joseph has not been better for years. Marlatt says they are what keeps him so well. Ellen

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wife is still at her fathers, and will have to remain there untill after her confinement for we cannot get away. But God favors us all with good health, and I have had but one thing to break my rest at night, and that was a fall that George had sunday (the 14th ) down the chamber stairs, striking his head on a case knife that he held in his hand, and cutting to the bone a gash an inch and a half long. I sprang from the bed where I was reading and caught him, while the children brought water and cloths, and I held the wound together with both hands untill Mr Glossup went to Manhattan for a Dr. Robinson. He was gone, and Whitehorn came and dressed it as soon as Mr G. could go to his house for the material. Put it together very neatly with sticking plaster and it has done finely. Think there will be no scar. He is about the house. Presume I shall rest to night. Slept with the three and shall untill he is well. You spoke again of fetching Miss Bailey and ask what I think? I would like to know how I am to be situated, and I could tell

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better what to say. If I remain in this family as I shall have to if he does not succeed at L. I should like to have her come if she would be well enough to help me teach, and govern these children. There will be no man but you most of the time. If we should go back to our old house to spend the winter there would be no room for her. I have no desire to go into Williams house with a lott of old goods to be sold off, and have Wm with all his calls and company, and the care of the Collage with all its company. I rather have a few rooms in the collage, and if Miss Bailey was well and what I should like, I should not object to having her. What do you think of living in the Collage building untill we get a house built? Somebody must be there or the doors or windows will be stolen. Any thing moveable is in danger. [Whilden?] & Childs took a keg of nails out of Josephs house, and they were found out and made to bring them back. I think if we conclude to live in our old house Mrs Huntres’s would like Miss Bailey this winter. Please get some milanett for window

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screens, some needles for cotton sewing betweens of all sizes. Shoes, Calicos pieces by the lb got at the print work, would be a great thing here among the young folks. If Miss Bailey comes could she not get the gingham or heavy plaid for these childrens ware, if not to dear. I hope you will be able to tell me next time you write, when I shall look for you home. I feel some times that I must have you home, and spend one more winter in our little family where I can sit down without anybody saying why, and speak one word without anybody’s hearing it. Can it not be so? I want to hear from Colerain and would like to write to D. & H. if it would not come out of my rest. How are they at Whitinghouse I shall not pay W. Parkerson anything to go home, but have promised for several reasons to pay Dr Robinson for tending [Raltzs?] legg. Feel under obligations to do it and save our character. I feel Miss Josie’s death have only been there once and they had company as usual. Mrs Robinson can heardly give her up, wanted our prayer. I hope to have her place filled in Miss Bailey, but it looks dark. Br Paulson called this morn was pretty smart, has a chill this afternoon. Some few sick at Manhattan and Br Traftons. I ment to tell you to get somebody to make you some light flannels and put on and you would get better, of your teeth &c if you rest as you ought and take care of yourself. Give love to all yourself most.
Ellen D.G.

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