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Family Correspondence: Loretta Conine (Mother) - 1863

May 10, 1863

[From Loretta Conine]
May the 10th 1863
Blanchard, Ohio

Dear Son,

Monday evening finds us all well as usual and ___ to answer your letters. One received the 7th and one the 9th of May. It seemed real good to hear from you again twice in one week. Glad you had nothing else to do. Hope you will find lots of such times. Then we may hear from you a little oftener. Some of your friends think you have written yourself out. You used to write so often and now write so little. I apologize for you by telling them you had a better appointment to write while you was in Falsmouth but in my estimation that is a poor excuse. And if you knew how pleased we were to get letters from you you would write at least once a week. If it was a little inconvenient [we] have to work harder than you do and I am sure we could write 2 or 3 times a week not miss the time either. In the first place I will tell you in what suspense we lived in last week. Anderson wrote that ___ was coming home and with him did not mention their names and we thought of course that it was you and Anderson baked pies and cakes every day or so so to have them fresh. Would go to the door every five minutes to see if you was coming and morning I got up and the first thing before dressing I went to the bedroom door to see if you had ___ and gone to bed but when your first letter came that told the story you was still in KY we were badly fooled. But people are doomed to disappointments in this life. It was laughable to see the girls, Sarah is going to school at [Pleasantville]. Said we must not let you come to the school house after her for it would scare her to death. So you see that big scare did not come off. The days she is going to school away from home. How you may write to her her address is McComb Hancock Co Ohio. She is down to [Humphries]. Now Han is going to take her back this ___. Horseback Fred Hall talks of trading for your saddle. Then we are going to get John M. to make us one. John has sold out and is going to Gilboa to live this summer. Talks of buying in Ottawa. Bill Porter bought him out. Sallie had a letter from a surgeon of one of the hospitals in Cincinnati informing her that Stan Stout was there had been there 2 days and was suffering a great deal from his wounds. And if she wished to come and see him (aint that queer) guess he must think she is his affianced bride. Mr. Jenkins went down there to Lee Lineas. He has to walk with a crutch. He cannot put his foot to the ground. Will be a cripple for life. Said he was as mischeivous as ever. Saw ___ he was expecting to go to his Regt soon. They have since removed Lineas to camp Denizen. Louisa is teaching in John Moffitts district. Joab Moffitts health is poor. They are afraid he is running into the consumption. It has been very sickly in this part of the country this spring. We have just came home from Mr. Haddog. He died 1, 30 last night with the typhoid fever. Their hired girl is very sick with it. Doct Paul said there was 3 corpse laying in one house at a time a few miles below Ottawa with the same fever. And one of their neighbors at the same town a corpse. So you see we are among sickness and death. We have not seen Uncle John's folk since last ___. Uncle Peter has got quite pious again. Asks a blessing at the table. Martha got a letter from Marvin. He is at Vicksburgh is well said ___ was sick.

Ira how does Mr. Smith's family get along. Mr. Pendleton told me that Mrs. Smith is a big a rebel as ___ but she is not as honest to acknowledge it. Do you believe it! I do not. He does not appear to like them much says Lee. Mr. Smith is deceitful. Well I have this to day they treated me with great respect and kindness and I shall ever remember them. I regret that my health was so poor while I was there. That I could not enjoy myself as well I might. He also said that Morrison Smith was so drunk while I was there that he had to go to bed one day in town. That might be so I cannot say. He says the reason the girls think more of the Northern boys is because the KY boys are so dissipate and profligate. Don't you boys feel furious of that compliment! I hope you will always claim your dignity. I think the Army has done [harm] probably more good than hurt. Lib says she has not heard him utter an oath since he came home. He says he heard so much of it while in the Army he got perfectly disgusted. Charly [Ritter] was the same. Bill [Bensinger] was a pretty hard boy before he went away. They made a party for him since he back. Wanted him to participate in the dance. He told them he had changed his mode of living, would take no active part in it. So you see that is quite encouraging to us at home. Bill is in Columbus I believe now. Your Pa said I might finish this letter. He has got the meadow south of Peters and the orchard over there ploughed. He does all the ploughing himself wants to plant this week if it does not rain all the time. ___ is here yet. He has gone off somewhere this AM with Morgan. Pa has been offered $70 for him but he wants $75. I expect he will sell him. He is a fine horse. Gets up nice ____. Jane is here out with Han milking. She is a good ___. I shower her your letter. Haddog is burried [buried] tomorrow at 10 AM. [Jimy] Maze wife was ___ to day typhoid fever. It is to lonesome to night, we hear of so many deaths it make it gloomy. We miss you so ___ days. Yes all the time, but we live in hopes that you will come home sometime, peace be restored and we once more be a happy___. Write soon again be nice and write every week.

Monday eve, just came home from the funeral of Mr. H. That man that lived up the river where Mr. [Redmore] used to live. Where that ___ died yesterday morning with the same fever. From your mother L. Conine

If he does not get the Lieut well I hope you will get a good officer. Let him be who he will. Write and tell us all the news. Give our love to all the boys. Tell ___ if he was not coming home so soon I would write to him. Good by.

We are glad your Capt is restored to you and hope he will prove himself to be a good union man. And be good to you boys and you must be good to him and to one another. I suppose [Harrie] will be quite disappointed

May 20, 1863

May 20th 1863

Dear Son,

I just finished reading your letter now written the 17th. It is now ___ but I have a chance of sending a letter to the office in the morning so I thought I would answer it to night or else I would have to wait until next Wednesday. We were glad to hear from you again and I hear you are well. Glad to hear. [Oscar] is out of the hospital again. What has become of the boys furlough. ___ they have come home as we have heard tell off. Aunt Sally is looking for Oscar every day but I guess we need not look until we see some of you right here. Be assured we will be glad to see you when you do come. As for health we are enjoying good health at present in this neighborhood. A hired girl that lived [with] Mr. Haddog died the next Friday after he was buried with the same fever. She was sick when he died. Last Sunday we went to Haddog School house to meeting after meeting repaired to the River and saw and Baptised [baptized] John Haddog, Sarah Haddog, the widow Scott the others I did not know. Not one half of the congregation could get in the house. [Harv and Jo] started last Thursday to their Regt [regiment]. Got as far as Findlay had no transportation come home again have written for and expect to go soon. Ike Conine was here to work to day. Tomorrow they are going to wash ___. He gives Ike ___ for washing them and finds the vigor in the ___. ___ Pa are getting along fine. Buying Ligor for his hands. I told him I was going to tell you. We have got our corn planted and all done now but ploughing the orchard by the house. He is going to put potatoes in it. Your pa has bought a mowing machine gave $100 for it. Thought it for the best. Hands are so scarce it is getting quite ___. People are not near done planting yet. You wanted to know where S Stout is. We have received another letter from him since I wrote to you. He is in the Third Street Hospital Cincinnati where he told us to direct. His brother told us Sunday he had written to the surgeon to know if they might have him if they would come after him. He is wounded badly. I wish you could go and see him and when you get that far just give us a call. You wrote that ___ wanted your saddle. I guess we will keep it a while. Fred only wanted to give a Heifer with her first calf for it, pa would not let him have it for that. We have just got our old saddle home. Been to Martins ever since you went away. No one has [rode] your saddle but your pa when Jake wanted to ride he borrows some where else but now our saddle is home. I will leave yours up stairs, your bridle has not been on a horse but twice since you left and then I rode with it. Don't I take pretty good care of it too? Pa has raised $5.00 on Morgan with in a few days. He now asks 80.00. Horses are getting high. Sam sold his Morgan last week for $70. ___ Monroe has resigned and come home. Seeking for a higher offer he said he was coming down this week to look at Morgan. I think sometimes it would be ___ to commence killing off all the head officers commencing with the President and take the [business] into


June 7, 1863

June the 7th, 1863

Dear Son,

We received your welcome letter last evening and glad to hear you are still well. This morning hasten to answer the same. You had not received the note book. I suppose when you wrote as I wrote a few lines to you and put in the book and gave them to John ___. Presume you have them before this. This morning finds us all well with the exception of your pa. He has a lame back. Jake has had a ___ on his finger for the last few weeks. ___ is ___ and people are working it but it is very cold. For the last week I cannot grow much. Last Sunday we had quite a shower with the exceptions of that we have no had no rain for some time. It is quite dry. The health of our county is pretty good now. No new cases of sickness I believe. Pa was to Findlay yesterday to see about selling his wool. It is selling for 65cts the highest. Hans pet Lamb sheared 7 1/2 lbs. They will not need but 2 or 3 sheep at that rate will they? Pa said they were having a great time yesterday in town. A great many are wearing Butternut pins. The soldiers naturally walk up and snatch them off their bosoms. ___ of a number yesterday. They threaten to shoot them. They tell them they have been where they have seen guns big enough for a man to crawl in and was not afraid and they are not afraid of their little guns. I glory in their spunk. Maria Armstrong wears one. She is coming home with Sarah some evening but I tell Sarah to tell her to leave off her pin as she must not come in my house with it on. They are carrying things on in Ohio on a high key. Prebble and Elek Monroe are raising a regt. to train in the State during the war. Gets the ___ bounty as the other soldiers. Head quarters at Cinn. Fred Hall and Jake Null have enlisted. Well I guess Dan [Greer] had better prepare to die or something else according to your talk. I should hate to kill as mean a man as Dan but if one would commence killing mean ___ ___ ill bred ill begotten people. I do not know where they would quit you know I told you I would find out what Jane had heard while she was with Ellen. I have heard and I cannot help telling you but you need not let any one see this. She tried to set Jane up against you told her she did not she how she would have anything to say to you. You was such a rough fellow and such a bad temper said people had often wondered to her that Jane would have anything to do with you. Said she would not ___ it but once if she had you, and above all not to marry you and settle on the place or in the neighborhood as she could never agree with me. You would side with me and for she had had trouble enough with me herself, etc. This sheet would not begin to hold all she told her at the same time good to me. And told me to tell you to write to her and she would answer it. And all this time talking about Jane and Bysel folks asked me if I would not rather have you marry in the [Howard] family because they were a better family. The girls told Jane how she talked. Jane is real spunky about it but I do not think she ought to be let up by her. I want to see Ellen. She wanted you to write. I wish you were older you need not tell Jane I told you. I tell you as much as we have always done for Ellen then to have her turn her cloven foot it is mean. Just because she could not agree with Sarah but we do not know who are our friends in this time. You do not know how it troubles me when I heard how she talked about me. Said aunt Lib did not thank me for my visit down there. I wrote a letter to Lib this week. It does seem as though. Be a good boy keep out of bad company and the ___ ___. Tell Oscar to write.

June 17, 1863

Blanchard June 17th 1863

Dear Son,

We have not received any letter from you since I wrote to you, but I thought you would want to hear from home this week as we are going to Findley tomorrow I thought I would write a few lines and Send you a Paper. We are all well, also all the neighbors. Jane and Han has just come in from milking. Last Sunday we all went to Dublin's to quarterly Meeting the people could all not get in the place had the preaching in the woods. I thought of you and wished you was there we miss you as much as we did then you first left home. Wheat looks badly Pa thinks we will not have enough to bread us. I think it is not very profitable buying a Mowing Machine this year. Pa has not done anything to his Ditch this summer as yet - you ought to see my yard it is so beautiful.

This story that Dave should have told he flatly denies Says he has never said a harmful word of you since you left. Han Ward says she first heard of it to Howel's. Said she was bound to tell Jane. She told Jane Saturday night, that she believed it too, She acts worse than Dave if possible he says he never told Oscar any such Stuff Says he does not believe that he told you any such thing, lays it to Han writing it down there if I was you I would not pay 3 cents to know anything about it, you know when the old fellow gets into them they do not care what they say you know what they are. This piece in the Paper respecting the union Meeting at Portage I.P. Gig Ladies if they could call them such among the number was Nigh's two girls on eHowards wife, formerly Nigh. Hurrah'd for Jeff Davis called for a rope to hang Lincoln. When asked to sign the Union paper Mrs. Howard said they should put her down as a Copperhead and her baby too, they gave three cheers for the Union. Then three groans for the Big Copperheads, they dared them to have another meeting there but I guess they will not be scared out by a few Silly Girls: I wish Burnsides would send his men up here and that a few of the Butternuts South, they are getting too Saucy - report is that they are making Rebel Flags, to raise in Benton the 4th of July. But I guess they will not remain up long you will see in the Paper with what success they wear Butternut Pins in Findlay. Preble is getting along finely raising his camp, but expect he will Stay with them awhile then leave them again. If I was one of his men and he did so I would Shoot him - but I see in the Papers that when an Officer is not able to command his men they are to be put in the Invalid Corps. An't that good.

Tell Ann Smith I received her letter last Saturday, will write to her before long. Martah got a letter from Marvin wishing to know where you was. So he could write you. So you may look for a letter if he does not get killed. He is at Vicksburg. Sam Conine talks of going back to the Army, Becky Wilcox and her brother Lane have been out here visiting, her Step Mother dies while she was here. Will Conine is sick, he has the Ague. Wants to get a Furlough but I guess he is where he will have to stay around, give our love to the Boys. We want you all to be good Boys, remember you are born to die, and in this world only to prepare for death. Write every week

[Loretta Conine]

June 29, 1863

June the 29th, 1863

Dear Son,

This Monday morning finds us as well as usual, and trying to write a few lines to you with a miserable pen, and equally as bad ink. I guess I will try a lead pencil. We received your letter of the 26th Saturday eve. Also the letter you spoke of with the money it was a week ago last Wednesday but forgot to acknowledge the receipt in my ___ ___ had no time to write to you yesterday. John Hickerson and his wife and 2 children came up here Saturday in the PM all went to McComb. Brought Sally and Maria Armstrong home with us (she did not wear her Butternut pin you better believe). Yesterday we had any amount of callers. Sunday as it was. Mr. Shafer and his wife Mr. John ___ and his wife and 2 children also Sam Robinson wife and 2 children John Martin wife and 2 children Jane, Eliza, John Shaw, [Dylan] Ramsey, Mrs. Derodes and her little Gary. In the evening Hannah and Jane took Sally and Maria home. How will that compare with your Sunday's in KY [likeness] was shown, letters read. Your days was not forgotten. [Ann] Hickerson took one of your photographs home. Now Ira when you send for anything from home we loose [lose] no time in procuring it if possible. And of course you wish we should do so. Now you know the good book says "you must do as you would like to be done by." Now I want you to get your photographs taken if you can get them taken nice and send them to me. Have them taken standing if you can. Do not have your hat on but I hope your hair is not cut as short as it was when I was there). I have one of yours hanging in that frame you gave me but I do not like it. Although every one thinks it looks perfectly natural. If you have it taken sitting sit in such a position to show your whole form feet too. Also please send me a lock of your hair as I have not seen anything of that lock Ann cut off for me since I put it in my pocket in Ky. If you do not send me some I will be obliged to go and get some of Jane Haddog if she will let me have some. As I understand she has some. But I guess you will save me the trouble by sending me some wont you? Well I must go and get dinner if you hear the bell ring come in. ain't that a pretty good way telling you we have a new bell? Your pa has got his mowing machine mowed a day and a half. Broke it had to send to Cleveland for repairs. Pa and Han are going to Findlay tomorrow to a Union meeting. [Mahlon] is a delegate to the convention tomorrow. Don't tell him anything about the Democrats. He has denounced them long ago, he is true blue Uncle Peter is also, [John V takes the crisis.] Dan says he will vote for [Vallandingham]. That is as much as you could expect of him. Mr. Weber knocked Mr. Griffe down last Saturday in McComb for hurrahing for Jeff Davis. Served him right did'nt he? Griffe got up and left for home. Armstrong and Myres are Vallandingham men. ___ was terrible mad because Weber knocked Griffe down, the Rebs of McComb are getting pretty well scared, they have to ikeep pretty cool. The Blacksmith that lived at Gilboa has bought that place of Han Wards and moved on it going to work at his trade. Colins Thilling elisted in the 6 months service, but it has all fell through. Ike is going to stand his draft. Dave says he will give his land up by Brooks before he will go. I hope he will not find any person that will go for him. I will quit and write a few lines to Oscar. We all join in sending our love to you. Write often be a good boy. Set your mark high. Be useful in the world and prepare to meet your God. We are glad you are suited with your boots. Jim had sold them to Fred. He is displeased about it but I guess will not make much difference. Hand Oscar his letter.


Ira do you mind your mother and keep out of the river

July 5, 1863

July 5, 1863

Dear Son,

I received yours of the 28th June last night. Was glad to hear that you and the boys was well. We and all of the neighbors are well as usual. My health is being very good this summer. We have pleasant weather here at this time. Just rain enough to make things grow. Nice wheat harvest has commenced. We will commence ours in a day or so. hant much to cut wheat is thin on the ground but well headed and well [filed] grass light oats short corn and potatoes ___ better. At this time of the year corn is about waist high. Our stock looks well. I will now tell you something about the way the 4th was celebrated in the county. There was no doing announced any place so I had a little business in Findlay and I thought I would go there. Mariah and Ma went along as far as Mr. Clarks. Uncle Peter came over and went along to town. Soon after we got to town the battle opened ___ Parker knocked a butternut from union. Then there was a butternut. Went up street with a pin on a lady came across him and pitched in and took it off. She carried it off in triumph. By this time the town was full of people on both sides. One side swor that there should not be any butternut pins wore and the other swor there should be. Fine day for [fun]. Finely a young lady from Vanlue appeared on the corner at [Whelers]. She was backed by about 20 other women and as many more men. Another girl about the size of Sarah Madox with her backers came across her. She said she had one brother killed in battle and two more in the army. Said she would have that pin or die pitched in a general row came out with the pin went off with it in triumph. She was a perfect [horse] of a girl. By this time things got pretty hot then Uncle Pete got a [dram] and he got into a row with a butternut and was a going to fight so I had to gather him up and start for home. Left about 500 ready for fight at the sight of a butternut pin. Came on to Pleasantville there they were organising [organizing] the militia and election. Was going on ___ the Company officers Capt [Preble] was out of town and the judges of the election refused to let the boys that had enlisted under him to vote. The judges were butternuts. Preble found it out. He swore he would vote and his boys should to so the went up Preble offered his vote they took it and threw it under the table. He tore the window out and swore he would take the ballot box out in the street and knock the [rebel] out of it if they didn't put his vote in and all of his boys so they had to take there [their] votes. By this time Peter got another drawn and he and old Waltman was a going to fight again. About the butternuts peter is dead on them thinks they had all ___ to be hung. I believe I will leave the rest for ma to write. Be a good boy and do your duty as a solder and do the Rebs all the harm you can down South and we will hold them level up here. Give my respects to all of the boys and tell them my last and well wishes are with them. Give my respects to Col Young Capt Howard [Lieut] Patterson and all of the rest and reserve a good share for yourself.
From your Pa.

Ira how do you do again this week. I guess all the boys do not get a letter from their mother every week. It seems as though I have to write for the whole family. The girls have waited for answers to their letters until they have forgotten or care anything about writing. Sarah says you could answer Suzy Dilworth's letter as soon as received. She thinks you are partial toward others and all she writes for is to ___ Jane. She told some of the girls your letter was very unexpected. Says she writes to the boys to give them a copy to write from. Sarah got a letter from [Harrie] last week. Has not answered it yet. Sent his photograph it looks very natural. Hope you will get yours taken as good. And send me 2 or 3. I want to send one to mother. Sarah's school is out for [6] weeks. I do not know as she will go anymore this summer. The girls are washing to day. This PM they are going to Mullens. Jake is here yet. Our other boy left this week. No harvesting of any kind done yet on our place. Pa has broke his machine twice and had to send to Cleveland both times. Has been waiting for the last few days for his repairs. It mows good but he is not careful enough. I guess hands are scarce as hens teeth. John Fundum was married last Sunday to Gale [Staley]. Mrs Bensingers sister Lydia ___ to Henry [fast] was married last Thursday. He has a discharge from the army. So you see people will get married these war times. We think sometimes we will have war at home before it is over. Vallandingham men are very [saucy]. Hurrah for Jeff Davis. They go armed. This lady that pulled the pin off from a lady and gent in Findlay got her silk dress torn. And in a few minutes they had money made up and bought her another. Our girls think they would try the game too if they got a chance don't say the women have not got spunk they would all fight to a man. Especially those that have friends in the army. Pa is helping Peter harvest to day. We wish you was home to help harvest. I do not know how we are going to get along but we will try and do the best we can. Hoping you will be home by another harvest. Things pass off in the neighborhood about as usual. Give my love to ME Smith;s girls. Also to Mrs Smith. Tell me where Morrison is now. Are the girls going to school? Give our love to the boys. Be a good boy. Do you duty as a soldier. Love your country and your God. L.C.

July 19, 1863

July the 19th, 1863


Yours of the 12th was received last night. It was a welcome visitor at the old squires. It found us all well as usual. You will see by this paper that we are scarce of for the article. It is harvest time and we cannot spend time to go to town. We are getting along very well with our harvest. The neighbors ___ and help each other. Ike Conine cradled our wheat. Your pa's mower works [superb]. It is no trouble at all to cut grass now. You ought to see how lazily they work. One of ___'s boys are working for us in harvest. Peter helps us too. Your pa mows for the neighbors and they help in return. Our wheat is very light. Will hardly have enough to bread us. Corn looks well. Hay is very light. But what of that such glorious news from war is enough to feast on while. I hope you will soon come home and this wicked war leave. We have just came home from meeting down to the river Brother Gray preached. Saw Martha. She had a letter from Marvin last night. He was 15 miles from Vicksburgh [Vicksburg]. He wrote on the 7th. He said he was going to write to you soon as he could get a chance. I got a letter from Aunt Lib last week. She says Alfred is running a canal boat this summer. Better be to war hadn't he? Len is at home nearly crazy after a niece of Aunt Lib's you know he falls in love with all the girls. Lib said if you would write to her she would answer your letter. You can find out her address by Oscar. You wanted to know how John [Fundums] wife looked. Well she looks like him. Mrs Bysel says Man and wife looks alike. She cannot understand a word of Dutch. She lives with the old folks. Wont there be fun? You wanted to know what I thought of you photographs. I think they look very natural. Just as you did when last saw you but he most of the folks thinks your other ones looks the most natural. You would have laughed to have seen the performance when we got them. Jane was here. She got hers the same time you spoke of sending the chaplain's picture. She has not received it. She received a letter from you last night dated the 14th she said. She has just gone from here. Well these pictures I have sent one to mother. Am going to send one to Molly Allen. The girls all claim one. Anderson one. Then I have yet the girls think you will have to have another dozen or so taken before you supply the neighborhood. Sally has now 3 pictures of yours Han 3 ____ and I expect they would want one every time there was one sent home. Billy Downing was burried [buried] last Thursday. His disease some days was the black tongue another Val man gone. Well it is so dark I can not see to keep on the line. Monday our folks worked in their hay untill the rained stoped [stopped] them. We have just had a little rain. It is very dry. Harmon Newton Harmon. B. Alfred, J. ___ D Oran are here to work to day. I have got a little ahead of my story. They could or did not want any but a butternut to preach Downing's funeral sermon so they sent for Montgomery but he could not come when I heard who was to preach I told your pa I did not want to go. Perhaps his death was all for the best. Vall will lose some votes at least maybe it wicked to talk so but dark times as we have up here beats all. If he is elected we will have war at home. Dan will vote for him so will John Hickerson. I think J [Vandorn] will not he will go a good deal on Sam and Uncle Pete says Royal will go as Liz says she is a butternut. Sam is a second Lieut of the Militia [J.P. ___ Epley] first Lieut [lieutenant] Benn [Tholly] captain. Prebble has gone with his men. Bill Porter went with him. They are expecting the draft every day. Some of the men (I guess the women too) are pretty scared. We have been taking up lots of Honey would'nt you like to be here and help eat some. I hived to swarm of bees this summer put on your buckskin gloves. They are first rate to hive bees in. We had swarms go off. Mullens folks had a letter from Jo Saturday. He was in Georgia on a march. Said it had rained 9 days out of 10 while they were marching and the mud half boot top deep that looks more like soldiering that attending picknics, [picnics] dances, etc. Does'nt not? That Mullen is getting him a new buggy. Costs $130. He cuts a big swell got a linen cost nearly to his heels. He can go all over Philadelphia and not get lost. Sallie and him are not good friends yet. You say they had great rejoicing over the fall of Vicksburg. Well they had all manner of times at Findlay. Your Pa and Sarah happened to be there the day they heard the news. Your Pa said he never saw such a time in his life. He came home before the illumination. Ira do you get your papers regular and perhaps we had better get them mailed to ____ write and let us know. I was sorry to hear you had gone to the camp again. I thought you would ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ know ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ not scold you. ___ ___ to those days. Well ___ all not but I should be glad to ___ ___ ___ ___ yourself as well at something ____. Pa has ___ came ___ ___ [minute] for this letter has got a chance to go ___ ___ ___ Sally says she with ___ __ __ __ so Pa gets ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ write more next time. Write soon.

Good by from your mother.

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