I made a grand mistake while writing this letter. I had as
supposed but one sheet of paper instead of two consequently I
have written half a page on one sheet and two pages on another!
Oh well I will tear off the half sheet and send them together.
You will I know forgive me for it is just like me you know.
I do not know what I would do without a wife. When I was at home
you know I used to tell you I could not get along without you and
if I did not have you I would get you. How I wish you were here
to kiss Old Dan Tucker on my lips as you used to do. That would
be better and sweeter music to me than Rebecca's Dulcimer!
But there is no one now to kiss me or brush back my hair. There
is no gentle hand now lain up on my brow no gentle encouraging
voice of a kind and christian wife to soothe my troubled spirit
when the world vexes me! Did I say there is not? There is and I
will be at her side before many months. But --- stop I dream