In looking over the account of letters which I have written home this session I find that there are only two on the list neither of which is to thee With regard to my apparent inattention to thee I am persuaded that thee will consider that as owing to a mistake which was really the case but I do not know what excuse to offer for writing so few letters except that I thought it fully time that you had visited us and as I did not know how soon you would be out here I thought it hardly worthwhile to write a letter of which you yourselves would perhaps be the bearers. But since the snow has appeared I am afraid that this excuse will no longer hold out & think it high time to write to you even if my letter should serve no other purpose than merely to stir you up both by precept and example to the performance of your duties. Did you see the beautiful Aurora Borealis last evening? with the exception of one that we had last winter I think it
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