Letter from Jill to Henry, April 16, 1858
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East Pawpaw April 16th 1858 Dear Cousin
I know sit down to answer your letter which I received some time ago but have not had time to answer it before now. For we have been preparing for an exhibition which came off last Monday night. The scholars and teachers composed all the pieces [pieces] that were spoken. School closed two weeks ago today I don’t know when it will commence again for Mr. Monroe is sick and he says he can’t commence again until he gets better the folk are most all sick, father has been complaining a long time I don’t know what is the matter with him, Mother has got the sick headache today, the rest is well I guess Amy is on the floor playing with my cards she talks so much I can’t hardly write it has been very rainy now for about a week and the roads are quite muddy but today it is very pleasant the mud is drying up fast father and Alex is sowing oats they have got all their wheat sowed and have made some fence, the grass is as green now as it was in May last spring I am so lonesome since school was out that I don’t know what to do, I must stop now and go to workJill
Well I will try and write a little more now, being tired of doing anything else Mr. Pierce’s boys are here playing with Alex they have fine times together for they only live a little way from here, Alec went down to Uncle Henry’s last Saturday and stayed until Tuesday Aunty is married and lives two miles from here and on the prairieSunday April 18th
Now I guess I will finish this letter if nothing happens we are all pretty well today and hope you are better it rained all night last night and it has not cleared of yet our folks was to Earlville yesterday there was singing school here yesterday afternoon for the little scholars Mr. Monroe told me last Friday that school would commence the first of next month and then I am going again I wish you was here to go for we have little scholars that are not as large as I suppose you are that can cipher as fast as you can read the figures to them they are was when school was out ciphering in Fractions I think that Mr. Monroe will learn any body Arithmetic if they are a mind to pay attention to what he says but enough of this tell Mate that I think she might answer those two letters that I sent to her, you must write when you get this and tell me all about the folks and there, I must stop for I don’t know of anything more to write give my love to all of your folks and tell them we would like to see them out here you must come and see the prairies as soon as you can no more now but remain as before, Jill
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