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Monday Sept. 17th 1866
Your letter reached me the week I left home, and therefore you will understand the reason I have not answered it before. You will see by the date where I am and where you ought to be. Sarah and Louise are in their old room, and Lillie and Nellie in theirs, and that is all that can be said of either. It is silent hour dear Belle and I feel very lonesome. And the silence is very very oppressive. I do wish you were coming back to see us all again. Did you know that Kittie
fall? I caught a dreadful cold travelling. I stopped one day in Chicago, and two in Niagara. The last is a beautiful place to make such a short visit at. I never saw the falls before, and enjoyed it very much. I have brought a friend from home with me, this year, and I have not felt so homesick. But Sunday night they sung "Home sweet home" I thought they did not show common sense. Lillie is not very well, being troubled by "Jobs Comforters". Comprenez-vous. Well dear Belle, I must close hoping to hear from you