November th 23 rd 1879
Well Mrs Joneses, I will try to night to scratch you a few lines as I hadent nothing else to do. We are all well as common we are snotting around alittle but that is nothing strange our baby haint been very well he had a gathering behind one of his ears we had to have it opened it is a bout well now. I reckon you are having all the barking now you want to hear. Well it has been pretty chilly yesterday and to day it is fixing to snow it tried to snow to day but it dident know how to get at it. Tom haint quite done gathering corn yet he had two hands part of the time helping him he is talking of buying chickens and fur now. I expect he will get rich we have sold part of our hogs we sold a heifer a couple weeks ago we have bought us a new wagon were are fine now. I haint bee in it yet we sold our old one. Well we had a bid to surprise supper a while back that was got up for one our neighbor men but we dident go the baby wasnt well and some of the children had sore feet so they couldent wear their shoes we had a bid to a birth day dinner last thursday a week ago out south of town two or three miles at Bill Humphries brothers we dident go there either. Georges went I haint seen Liza since then. I heard that there was about a 150 there well I will have to quit and go to bed.
Thursday night I will try to finish my letter if I dont go to sleep may be I will get to send it the office some time. I dont know what to write I reckon I can tell you how nice and dusty it is getting it rained all day yeserday and part of the day to day. I tell you it is getting spashy. Well I had a man here to day with a patent washer he done my washing all but renching. I thought it was going to rain so I dident put them out it does good work but it cost to much he went up and washed for Liza this afternoon her children are still having the ague or was a Sunday. Willie was down here. Mary all day she was good as pie we are looking for him out tell him old Hawthorn is married he hot his wife down in Harrison County. Albert was awful proud of his mittens tell Della if she will come out she can knit three or four more pai if Jim comes out there you start him on out this way. I am making me a new dress. I sold grease and buyed it. I sold over thirty pounds of lard two or three weeks ago. Well I am getting sleepy I will haft to quit and go to bed. I have had the headache all day. I have a bad cold. I cant think of any thing more to wrie so I will quit. write soon as you can give all the news.
Mary to one and all