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James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

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Topeka Tuesday [Aug.] 9th 1859
My Dear
I was awake this morning when the stage went down and I happened to think that just 4 weeks had elapsed since you and darling left. It seems like a long time to me, but I suppose you can hardly persuade yourself, that so much time has flown. You must be enjoying yourself now about as well as you like and will be sorry to have the time come around for you to bid many & kind friends adieu.

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Mr Stevensen returned last night from Leavenworth, got 70 cts a bushel for corn, and bought some pine flooring already plained tongued & grooved for $3.00 per hundred for himself So I think I will try and meet you in Leavenworth when you come and bring some up, or send for some You will not forget those currant gooseberry & blackberry cuttings better have some roots on them, pack them in a small box with sawdust at the roots which can be kept moist. They need not be over 6 or 8 inches long don’t forget the plum, cherry, peach &c. seeds keep moist

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You better arrange some weeks before hand the day you will start, let me know how much money you want me to Send. If you come by rail road all the way by starting Early Monday you can get to Leavenworth some time Thursday I should think so as to get home the same week. Nancy I believe got here Friday. I shall want to know some time before hand so as to let you know what the arrangements will be. I saw Mrs Whitney when at town last. She is going East soon and may go by your house

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as she thinks she may have company that way. If she does she may stop over & visit a day or two. I told her I knew you would be glad to see somebody from these parts and would be glad to have her. Says she would let me know long enough before hand so that I could write and tell you she thinks of spending the Winter in Maine & in the Spring Charley is going for her. The people are all fixing for the campmeeting which commences Friday. I shall probably come home nights. I have an appointment on my work Sunday so that I shall not attend it all through
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My love to all Ever Your affectionate husband James Love darling for papa I keep well -

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