Letter from [Yilder?] to Henry and Willis, February 22, 1857
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Ophir Feb 22th 1857 Dear Cousins
I have been going to write to you ever since we have been out in Illinois but I never have got at it before we are all well but Mother she has been sick two or three days she is some better now [illegible] and Aunt Margaret and I went to Church to day [today] the roads is quite muddy now but if it is pleasant it will not stay so long I suppose you and Willis goes to school all of the time when there is any Alec [Alex?] has went most all winter it is two miles I did not go for it was so cold the Prairies hers [here has] been all covered with ice Alec [Alex?] has skated all the way to school most of the time well it is after dark and I must write fast or the rest of the folks will go to bed and leave me I heard the wolves bark the other night they made an awfull [awful] noise well I have not got anything to write the ear of corn you gave father when he was there he planted it and it growed [grew] very large I don’t know how much there was of it but there was quite a lot well I guess I must stop for some of them have gone to bed you must hurry and get big enough to come and see us Amy has got to be a great big girl she talks all of the time you must write to me and tell me all about what you are doing tell Willis and Mary they must learn to write so that they can write to me well I am getting sleepy and if I don’t stop you will get tired of reading this letter tell your Ma I should like to have her write to me I should like to see you all very much Amy sends a kiss to Ever [Evan] and Mary I guess I will close by [saying] goodbye and love to all the folksFrom Yilder To Henry and Willis I directed this to your for fear it should not come
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