Jan, 4. 1872
Your kind and more than welcome letter was received yesterday, and you have no idea dear Sallie how glad I was to get it. I read it twice last night and once this morning and there is no telling how many more times it may be read. I am going to be very prompt in answering all my friends letter this year, and yours is the first, but that is nothing uncommon, for your letters have been first with me for several years. Do you remember Sallie the first letter that I ever wrote to you, I sent it by Jesse, and it seems but a few days ago, but there has been many changes since then. I got a letter from Frank last week, he told me that Jesse was married and said that some body else that I know up there would marry soon, I can’t imagine who it is. Frank wrote word that Mr. Coby Smith was going to move to Bonham the first of this month, and Aunt Sallie wanted me to come up with them, but the weather has been so cold I could not go to Dallas to see about going.
I would like so much to go and stay with her at least two months, but I would be lonesome there without you Sallie I know, for I have tried it. I would miss you and Addison more than any if I was there, I went to Scyene yesterday and tried to make up a club for the Monitor, but I made a failure, and started home with the intention of sending for it myself Saturday, and came but the office and got your letter I would be very proud of the Monitor as a print from you and Addison, but, Sallie, Addison sent it to me one year, and I hate for him to send it again. I will let you know before I start West, if I ever go. I will tell you a good deal when I see you.
Brother Shance preached at all last week, but I was sick and did not get to hear, but two sermons. Rhoda goes to hear him all the time and seems to be delighted with his preaching. I am almost afraid to hope, but I sometimes think that she may yet be made to see the right way. Bettie is going to sister Mary’s this to stay a month. Rhoda is going to Wise Co. with Pa next, but I don’t know wheather [sic] they will come to the Fort, or not yet, if they do you find it out. I would go to if I knew I could come to see you. Please excuse all of this and write soon.
There is company here, and Rhoda and Nellie are in the other room Ma is in here and sends her love Give my love to Addison, and kiss the baby for me, Lovingly, Fannie.
[on second page in crease] Sallie I am ashamed to send this “mess”||