Augt. 19th 1880My dearest NettieThy most kind and welcome letter of May 15th came on the first of June, & if any one had dared to tell me it might have gone unanswered until now, I should have quoted Scripture against him at the very least & yet I am not as guilty as I seem, for prizing thy letters as I do, as things like Angels visits very rare & precious I put the [?] in so safe a place that for weeks I could not find it & only turned it up after a vigorous search amongst my papers a day or two since, when a little lull in the drive of business enabled me to give a more thorough overhaul to my boxes & drawers than I had been able to do before.And now my dear little girl, where shall I begin to tell thee just the right thigns amongst the thousand and one that thee might care to hear
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