|dc.description.transcription||Home, June 8, 81.
My dear Addison,
We received your letters from Huntsville this evening. I feel so thankful that you did not have a long spell. I have felt uneasy ever since hearing that you were sick. The children were delighted with their letter. Little Sister says she knows she can read papas letter. She has been talking a great deal about you the last few days, often says, “I wish papa was here.” Carlie says he wishes his wagon was here now, brother’s broke down the first time they took it to town. We have no way to get anything except what the children can carry, I am needing chicken feed but I reckon will have to let them do without I don’t like to ask Jesse to do anything, he is so puny.
They boys at the College have been very kind about milking. Mr. Souther milked until he was taken sick, then Mr. G. came till he was taken with the same disease. Mr. Watson has been coming for more than a week, he will leave in the morning is going out to work on Randolph’s Ranche [sic]. I will turn the calf out if I cant manage him. Mr. Souther started home Monday, he and Mr. Graham have both been quite sick, they moved Mr. G. to bro. Hudsons this evening he is improving slowly. Sister Douglas is still very sick, it is doubtful whether she recovers or not the flux is stoped [sic]. I don’t know what is the matter with her now. One thing she has been a slave to Morphine for several years. brot. Douglas did not know that she ever took it except when in great pain. Mr. Berrys wife was burried [sic] yesterday. The man that did the plowing for us. We are needing rain very bad, it is so hot and dry every thing is burning up.
Father got home Saturday he says his trip improved him very much, he and mother are going to Dallas next week. Mother is going to be treated for piles. It is a great undertaking for Mother, I do hope she will be cured. I think Ran. will be at home next week Brother Bell was greatly pleased to get your letter he brought it by for me to open and read it for him. Pappa I don’t know what to say about taking that lady, if I could see her I would know better. I don’t want any one to help me in the kitchen, if I can be in there at all I can do the work, it is only one persons work. I know we will be compelled to have somebody after while to do the work. I don’t know whether it will do to board two to get help to do the work or not I get along very well now with the childrens help.
[along side] We want you to come home very bad.
[along side on page 1] I have several letters but will only send Mr. M. this time I must stop now my paper is full the children to write but were to sleepy.