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Sugar Mound Jan 9th 1858
My Dear Wife
Your letter of the 15th Dec I received last Wednesday. How I did want to be with you after reading it, but before your letter reached me you must have recieved at least two. Dont get sick for my sake nor let anything here trouble you in the least for I can assure you that the only trouble we have now that the mill is doing business, is the vexation of housekeeping and that you know is, by no means, of a serious nature. I forget all about what I said in my letter to Walter about getting hurt. I did get hurt one day, in my putting wood off a wagon which affected me for a week or so. As to the wars which I see are reported in the papers, if you dont feel any more concern about it than what we do you wont loose a moment of sleep. Now dont conclude that I have made very light of the matter to quiet your fears because you are my dear little wife that I love so much, and what I tell you is so. That there has been war-like demonstrations here, right in this place, I don’t dispute, but I can say truly that there is no probability of the people here at Sugar Mound being molested for two reasons. There is no particular cause and if there was we are to many for them. We have no fear so I hope you won’t, and now for every thing that I can think of. We have done some washing with the creek water and find it soft. Are you not glad, its so handy too. We bought a bag full of apples, real nice one for $1.25 per bushel. Plenty of them in the State, within a day’s drive. I should write to Barclay about the trees. You can let him know just as well for maybe he would not inquiry for the letter now that I have it so long.

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I have learned that there are nurseries over in the state where trees can be had at $1.50 per dozen–we have a few on our claim, set out last spring–so much nearer than any point on the river that nobody in this county would ever go to the river for trees. Most every body has oxen and it requires eight days or more to make the trip. That is too long a time to be getting one load of trees when they can get them out of the nursery and be home in four days at most. I have no opportunity of knowing what chance there may be along the river but suppose that there may be good sale within twenty or twenty-five miles and probably much farther in the direction of Lawrence. They would, however, have to be shipped in the fall as they could not be sent to the territory before the season would be too far advanced. That however is a matter of opinion.
You say that the weather has been fine. I am glad to hear that it is so and I hope that the nights in particular are not so cold as last winter, you would be so cold, unless you have the children sleep with you. I will send you a register of the weather and the temperature, which I have been keeping since we moved to the creek, before that I could only see the murcury in the morning and after night. I write to you so often now that short letters will do. I cant tell yet when I will be able to start home but expect to start by the first of March. We were so late getting the mill to running that we have given up the building of houses this winter, we are engaged in putting a two story building over the mill seventy feet long and twenty six wide at one end with an ofsett over the boiler making it about thirty four feet at the other end. It will keep us all winter, save time enough to build something to move into next spring, before we start home. A good stable will do for a few weeks I guess, rather than wait here to build a house. Must have you with me as soon as I can. It has been so long since I kissed you that I may have forgotten how, Love to the children and kiss them for me. Husband

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