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Letters donated and Transcribed by Sharon Jones
Moravia July 31, 1865
Margaret my dear Child
I once more take the pen and will try to collect a few of my scattered thoughts. I was truly thankful to hear from you once more I was glad to know that youre enjoying the comforts of life of which so many are deprived of and I am certain that I have never known it do difficult a time to supply the wants of a family as it is this season I am glad you are recovering hop when the weather is a little cooler you will gain your usual health my health has been as good as it has been for years so that I have worked all the time excepting a week or two that I spent at Groton where I had an attack of summer complaint that took my strength very soon I have not been as well since
I have been living with B(etsey BILLS) this summer or since April but expect to go to Ithaca to spend the winter with David (BROWN) to lift the load of warmest humanity from ones shoulders to anothers and O how I wished when I read your letter that I could be with you it only for a short time altho we may not indulge ourselves in such dreams we think of them as we do the thousand other improabilities that fills our restless brains I feel indeed like a stranger and pilgrim in this world of sorrow but I comforted when I think that this is not my home that there is a rest for them that truly love the Saviour where the weary are at rest it has been a verry great trial for me to have to sell my place and I have been sorry many times that I did yet I see no way how I could avoid it as it was just running down I could not take care of it Davidís work was somewhere else. and the interest on the note he held against me for the money I paid for Joseph (BROWN) was fast using up my little principle my taxes were heavy our friends thought it would better for me to sell I am very anxious about Joseph (BROWN) have not heard from him since May he had been sick with diptheria and other complaints was not able to work for six weeks Mrs FRANKLIN had also been sick was better so that she wrote me I sent him a little money to help him to get in some crops but dont know how he succeded Mr FRANKLIN said he could not support his family without help and I have just it would be for those that helped him to such a family to help him to take care of them Joseph (BROWN) had a chance in the spring to sell his place for four hundred dollars and sent to me for his articles but I have not let him sell himself into the street without knowing where to set his foot on I did not send it I looked a little to find a smaller place in a better situation for him but failed you know has not the interest that some of the older ones had but they are gone the lot seems now to fall upon him it makes him groan what will become of the poor blind man I do not know I sometimes think if he could keep his family together till her children are older they may help him for their mothers sake I would make some arrangement for him I knew how I try to commend him to the care of our heavenly father believing that not a sparrow falls to the ground without his notice how I long to see you and the rest of your family my respects to them all and especially to the little whitehead that used to say grandma so pleasantly I am glad to know that he is a good boy I think I shall have a home again it this wicked war should ever close I have filled my sheet and must close by adding my name
I must soon write to J again but I fear I am being to hard on Mrs FRANKLIN I am under great obligation to them The drouth here is un_______ anything we have ever seen the heat is so intense that we can hardly bear it when you a home again let us know it so that some of us may come where you are look out for a healthy locality dont go to far to the south Margaret Ormsby I leave it with B. M. (Betsey Maria) to write particulars.
To: Mrs Margaret Ferry (Brown) Ormsby, Sunny Side, Independence Co,
From: Mrs Eleanor (Ferry) Brown, Moravia, Cayuga Co, NY
Transcribed by Sharon Jones
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