March 15th, 1869.
In my letter to Add. the other day I inclosed [sic] a note to you promising to reply to yours, at length, soon.
Accordingly I now proceed to answer your welcome letter of 3rd Mar.
I was very sorry to hear that you had been sick, and feelingly sympathized with you, as you were afflicted with “my disease”. I trust that, like me, you found much relief in “grunting”, for I assure you it was a relief to “grunt.” As Forny says it is the only “enjoyment” I have when sick.
You can testify that if there is any relief in it, that I always got the full benefit of it. But enough on that Rash question.
I am also sorry that you have been unable to gratify your ruling passion - visiting, but hope you will be able to make up lost time.
I am pleased to hear that you think you will be much pleased with your new home. I wish you to distinctly understand that I am coming to see you whether you get to housekeeping or not.
I cannot say whom I shall bring with me. The “little widow” says she will go with me then and to South Texas. So you see I can get company and good company.
I want you and “the boss” to be ready to come with me as I return from S. Texas. We will come by Solitude, stay about a week and bring Fannie up with us. Remember that is the programme.
But, you ask, when will I go to Bentonville? There it is again! ‘Tis a point I long to know, can I to Benton go, or no? It is a problem I cant for the life of me, solve. Right here, I must tell you that I rec’d a letter from B. a day or two ago. They say that I must be sure to come. What am I to do? For mercy’s sake, tell me Sallie. I am in the worst fix you ever saw a poor mortal. If some kind soul don’t tell me what to do, I don’t know will become of me. I am beginning to believe that sweet hearts are a bad thing for “a person” to have. Don’t you believe they are? “I know that thou believest.” But enough on that “point”.
Everything is quiet in the goodly city of Bonham. Nobody married lately except ‘our’ Jordan. He took a foolish notion and got married the other night. He is still living with us.
We had one of the most sudden Northers yesterday evening I ever saw - Up to 4 oclock it was so warm that I could scarcely keep my coat on. In fifteen minute the wind was howling & shrieking from the North, and we had to build up fires, put on our coats &c.
Yesterday evening was the third time that had been appointed to organize a Bible Class at the Baptist Church. They had kindly deferred the hour till 4 oclock, so as not to interfere with our meeting and give us an opportunity of attending. But the Norther prevented the meeting! So we will have to wait till next Sunday.
We will keep you advised of the progress of the class.
I am admonished by the shortness of the time that I must bring my letter to a close. Jack Dale went home and stayed two or three weeks until she got well – came back a week ago yesterday – Annie Tuttle has come here to board - - -
Majors Dorn & Young have gone to buy goods – Maj. D. expects to go to Springfield . Bone, will only go to New Orleans- Maj. Young is at home. Your friend, F.J.A.
[first page] PS: Joe Farrier is to be married on Thursday morning and to Miss Cox in Paris and start immediately for home.||