Letter from Margaret J Van Riper to Mary Ann Van Riper, May 11, 1856
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Ophir May 11 the 1836 Dear Sister
I know sit down to answer your letter wich [which] I received last Friday and was glad to hear that you was well but verry [very] sorry to hear of Hettys death I cant tell you how I felt you can imagine better than I can describe it seems hard to part with friends that [illegible, damaged section] love but it is so ordered andw e have to submit to the will of providence it seems hard to think she died so suden [sudden] I supposs [suppose] Mary feels lonely she feels as though she had not a friend in the world [illegible, damaged section] sympathize with her I am glad to think that the children are so well cared for at the present it is quite a task for you to undertake but perhaps there will be some other way provided before long I suppose you began to think I was not a going to write to you at all but I have been pretty busy since I came home and Jim has written so I thought that would do I have sewed for Mrs. Munson twoo [two] weeks and had the ague last week I have had it three times about as hard as I ever had it I had it yesterday but I hope I wont have it tomorrow the rest of our folks are all well any is well and grows like a weed she runs out doors all the time it has been quite warm for the last few days the praries [prairies] look beautifull [beautiful] and green our folks have commenced planting corn [illegible, damaged section] think they will finnish [finish] about Wednesday Hannah thinks it rather doutful [doubtful] about her comming [coming] out there this summer but she will come as soon as she can and she wants you to do the same she was [illegible, damaged section] you to write to her give my love to Nicholas and the children and keep some for yourself tell Henry I shall look for a letter from him this summer write as soon as you can and tell Nick to write no more at present but remain your Affectionate SisterMargaret J Van Riper Mary Ann Van Riper
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