peace shall spread his balmy(?) wings(?) love this once happy
Continue in an abiding faith that all will be well and that our
last days may be our best: and that this cruel(?) absence may be
remembered only to remind us of how our hearts then yearned for
each other and pined as separation.
Teach our children that next to the worship of God their highest
duty is obedience to you and love of thier county. Teach them
what I have endured and what you have suffered that they might
enjoy the blessings of this the best government on earth.
Teach them that the good old Star=Spangled Banner is the emblem
of freedom and tell them how I love it and what I have [not
legible] for its sake.
Teach them to avoid the fooleries of fashion and that the
improvement and cultivation of the mind combined with christian
graces is of infinitely more importance than all the gay
trappings which the ingenuity of a sycophantic vain and selfish
world can invent.
In your last you spoke of McDaniel giving you ten dollars "all
right" Did Mrs. John Snook(?) give you nine dollars?
I send you a lock of my hair! it is from