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J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing

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Hartford Sep 17 1859.
My dear husband
This rainy Saturday morning I am in Hartford, and would you believe it little darling John is in Owego – I intended to bring him untill the day before I started when I was persuaded to leave him. Since I commenced weaning him he has wanted my constant attention & care when near him & would cry if I was not always trying to amuse or do something for him But when left with our people he was a good boy - They wanted I should leave him & I knew he would be as well cared for as if I were there – but could not consent for a long time to leave him - Mrs. Sacket & Mary, Samuels wife, Loraine Hollister from Hartford, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Mary & Stella were all there Tuesday before I left Wednesday night & every one advised me to leave said I would take no comfort going about from place to place

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as they saw how he fretted after me - So after having a good cry about it I concluded to leave him - If I had been going to stay long would have brought him at any rate – But as it is I could not have waited any They are disappointed to think I did not bring him but know I can enjoy my visit better – I hope to hear Monday from them – and also from you – as no letter came before I came away – My ticket from Chicago took me to N. Y. City & from there it cost me $2.25 by boat to Hach &c. to Uncles. I think the fare to N. Y. City from Owego is $5.40 - Wednesday of this week was a great day in Owego – A balloon went up from the fair grounds with a man in the basket attached -- A. Mr. Brooks - All but Ma went over to see it - Stella was at our house & went home with us at night – It was quite a sight to see as well as others – there were several thousands to see it.
Joe Berry & Herbert Goodrich, Stella’s brother came over & with Lee G – spent the evening - Joe waited until twelve when Ralph was going

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to walk with me over to the depot to take the 12.50 train east. Steve took my trunk over in the afternoon - I reached N. Y. at half past ten & was taken to the boat & waited until four –
The Conn. River is very low, lower than before in a hundred years. and at Middleton we took a smaller boat & came right on without any difficulty to Hartford, where we arrived about nine o’clock Friday morn found all well. Uncle & Aunt have not changed any. Fred is tall & a fine looking & appearing boy – Jamie is smaller, a full of fun & play - The little ones are very pretty children – all together are a happy family –
After dinner yesterday Aunt Mary and I went up to Mr. Black’s & found Alfred just alive –
He seemed so glad to see me once more – said he was almost home -. He gave me a photograph of himself that he had saved for me & written on saying he expected it would have been sent by mail, but was happy to give it to me himself –
We stayed until four o’clock and he lived until half

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past five – conscious to the last & very happy - He is to be burried to morrow at one o’clock. Sarah is there the same as ever & such a comfort - Mr. Knapp is in Beloit Wisconsin and is rather better - He cannot stay in Hartford but a little while at a time it affects his health so much - George is in N. Y. State & thinks of commencing business there somewhere – John & his wife are expected home to the funeral - Alfred is worn to a mere shadow.
It is raining fast and I cannot go out to day – It appears like the equinoxial storm & I fear will be a long one – Mrs. Knapps two boys are here today & they & Jamie are having a fine time playing –
Fred plays well on the piano & organ – and is a good scholar - He expects to enter Yale next fall – Miss Webb has broken up house keeping & I fear is not in town - I shall be disappointed not to see her.
I will write again before long. How do you get along now? If nothing prevents I am to start the 17th of Oct and hope you can meet me in Leavenworth
love to all –
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Do the neighbors keep well, our folks were usually well when I came away - Pa, Ma & Sarah are none of them well - I feel that I never shall see them all again, after I go as they have failed since I went away - Ma dreaded so much to have me go. She tells Sarah it will almost kill her – and cannot bear to hear me say one word about it - I dread it, but good bye - If life is spared we shall soon meet again - Augusta

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