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Dear Pa -
Your two letters - one written just before you left San Francisco and the other at [Rocklin?] - have just reached ^ me. I was on the brink of sending you a letter through Allie, but am glad to -write- directly to you - to know [where?] you are, and how you are. I can scarcely wait to hear from you after your arrival in Dallas. Will you see Grandma and Aunt Lizzie? If so, give them my love, Pa: for although I have never written to them, yet I remember and love them.
I do hope you did not suffer from your hurry: yes, [...] trains are “slow [coaches?]”; and far from [agreeable?] generally. Is there not something that I can do to make your Dallas surroundings more pleasant? You will tell [me?] just how you are situated, won’t you? I want to know every
Jan. 3, 1879. This is the first time I have written the old year’s [successor?]. I expect to write it a great many times [...] [Dallas?], after this. It will not take as long for letters to reach their destinations now, will it? I want to tell you how we spent New Year’s day because I think you will enjoy our happiness. We watched the Old year [end?] & the New in, at a Masquerade party given by the Assistant Lady Principal, Mrs. [...ahmer?]. She is just as lovely and kind as she can be. About 5 min. to 12, when we had all unmasqued, the large front parlor doors swung open, and [five?] young ladies, dressed as pall bearers, in deep black, with ‘78 in silver on their breasts, drew in a skeleton (which they ob-
I ^will feel so selfish playing here while some girls back [in?] San Francisco [to?] teach. I am perfectly willing to do any thing I can now; and I am also perfectly willing to prepare myself for a teacher in [Latin?] [...] French. If I remain I think I shall take Greek next semester. I must mail this immediately or it will be [...] too late. [...] write you [...] again. Your loving daughter, Lulu
Miss Lulu L Moore
John Adams Moore