Wilmington 12 mo. 2nd. 1861
It is now more than a week since the receipt of JAmes kind Letter, which mention'd that Margaret was Rather more Comfortable which we were truly glad to hear, and hope she continues to improve, and will still continue to impro9ve till her health is again restored. My dear Rachel has often within 10 years been so ill that none of her friends but myself ever expected her to get about again, now she is favord with pretty good health, about as good as she has ever had since we were married taking her age into consideration, yesterday we took Charles and rode out to brother Bennys and dined, spent a few hours very pleasantly and returned home to tea, Charley is very much pleased with his new suit including his long tail coat, should he not wear it out this winter it will certainly I think fit rather better a year hence, but it is a good fault, this day Eli is 31 years of age, business remains pretty fair for selling, but our country Customers are very bad pay, John was away 5 days last week, and got but 200 Dollars and had bills with him for more than 2,000 we must patiently bide our time.