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J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing

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Owego Aug 7th 1859.
Dearest James –
Our people think I get my share of letters for a few days past – Three from you & one from Aunt Mary. I hope before this you have heard of our safe arrival here - I knew you would be anxious if we came to St. Louis by boat & I felt worried too, but as we came so well think it full as good a way for us as the other would have been & the fare was the same both ways - We are all well here - It is Sunday eve & I have just put John to bed & it is nearly our bed time –
Stephen, Sarah & myself rode over to meeting this forenoon & Ralph & Mary walked - Mr. Peck preached - The church is a very neat & pretty one - The pulpit is at the back end so that we do not have to go in facing the congregation. The gallery is over the doors & the congregation do not turn around & face them while singing – quite an improvement.
This afternoon there was preaching at the school house by Sam. Nickols a Presbyterian not yet ordained & a son of the Canewana Nickols --.
This forenoon John stayed with Ma & was a good boy – this afternoon we took him. Mary Griffing was down says Mother is not feeling very well, but able to be about. She goes back to her school in the morning. Rhoda Styles & husband were at meeting. She is very thin & changed, but they

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tell me I look worse than she, and that I am hollowed eyed, but that I am looking better than when I came – Our folks did think John was almost a colored boy when he came, and I presume would not have acknowledge him if I had not been along, but they think him improving in looks – and his boyish ways seem to please them – He talks a little better – For instance as I have not yet weaned him he calls for his “dinner” which sounds like “dinnah” - & soon as he sees any preparation for riding says, “I, ide; I, ide” instead of ride.
I asked him to night to send a kiss to papa & he gave me a sweet scotch kiss - He wants to kiss all the younger ones he sees – He behaves very well & keeps well - Our people have had two roast pigs since we came home, both excellent, wish you could have eaten with us -. James Goodrich’s likeness has not come yet – hope it will before long –
Tuesday evening - Sarah, John & I have been to Aunt Mary’s to day & Mary came after school - Ella Griffing coming with her & here to stay tonight - She is a very prettily behaved girl – says she has commenced a letter to you but it did not suit her & she tore it up – I told her she must write – says all are well – Mary went to her school Monday morn. Your letter to Mrs. Sarah A. Goodrich came yesterday – better be careful how you write – Mrs. or Miss - & not make a mistake –

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Pa and Steve with one & two hands are at work in the oats – They have to reap a great many of them as they have fallen down –
After school last night Mary & I walked over to the village – Called at Aunt Betsy Platts – Aunt B. Aunt Fanny & Frank are at home now - Mrs. Dr. Hay is there on a visit – They made a great many inquiries about Kansas -- I am going there before long to make a visit. They have a few of the Lawton Blackberries & think they are not as good as recommended – Will it pay to take grape cuttings or small roots – I can get some there I think – I bought you three pairs of gloves for 34 cts. the very cheapest I could find – The cheaper ones were entirely too small – I send one in this letter & another some other time – Am sorry you lost your suspenders your old ones I think are in that barrel that stood by the window up stairs – they are near the bottom & are ready to wear I believe – The cucumbers please put into a strong brine. If you have alum put in an ounce or so & it will not take as much salt as without – If no alum make the brine strong enough to bear up an egg – hope you will have good success - I think the hens do well – I am glad you got along as comfortably as you write – I know you must be lonely without us. – We do not make much headway visiting as I have had my clothing to fix &c. making considerable work -- Mrs. Marian Catlins daughter Celinda died with Consumption & was

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buried Saturday – Lathrop Truesdale’s wife (Charity Brink) is just alive with Consumption. They live in Ephraims old house – Aunt Mary writes to have me come & make them a good visit – says Mrs. Knapp & family are at Mr. Beach’s – that Alfred is very low & that Mrs. B. is worn out both bodily & mentally & is very low in the Retreat – It is dreadful. I would like to go there but cannot unless some one else supplies funds – I don’t know what you will think of me but I did not say anything to cousin George about your matters – I hoped he would to me & expected he would, but waited in vain – He told me to write & he would send me more if I wanted or what was better come that way and he will let me have some – I have been sorry since that I did not say something of how matters stood – They would liked to have had me stay longer there, but knew I must be anxious to come home & did not think hard of me at all – What had I better do about going there?
Sarah says she will answer her letter before long – Uncle G. Stratton’s daughter lived a few miles out of Woodstock & I could not very well go there & cousin Joe Goodrich & his relatives have all moved to Sterling Ill. It has not been very warm any of the time since we came –
I received the letter to Mr. Smyth, but have not sent it & thought I would not He did receive at least one of the other letters you wrote – and I did not feel inclined to take him this, thinking he did not care for it - All send love –
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I do hope you will keep well & get along well – I often think of & wonder how you can get along -- ever yours
The glove is so bulky I will send it in a paper

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