My Dear S.
Yours of 31st ult was rec’d last evening. I began to think you were not
going to write at all but was hapily disappointed. I was very glad to hear from
you but sorry to learn you are not well. I hope you will get better by rest
& quiet. You spoke about keeping house etc. Since I received your letter
I have been thinking that perhaps we had better keep house on the hill. I am
having the house plastered throughout & I think I will have a cellar put
under a part of it. It will be warm & comfortable with four rooms below.
Mrs. Earl is now in it & wants it for the winter but she only wants to pay
less than half what it will rent for & I prefer to occupy it myself. Can
you not find a good woman or girl who can do all the work for a family of you
& I & herself to bring back with you? If so we can live better, enjoy
more & spend less than to board out. If we do that, keep house on the hill,
I will put up a little barn, get some hay and keep a horse. Do you know Dear
S. that I am tired of this turmoil & long intensely for a quiet place where
I may love you & read & study without molestation. I am strongly tempted
to spend my time in cultivating a part of my claim & have no other business
except to buy & sell property & loan money if I have any to loan. With
rents & interest as high as now I believe I can make as much that way as
any. Just think of 5 per cent a month or 60 per cent a year for money - $600
for a thousand etc.
What is your plan for visiting & when will you
return. Will you go east & if so when do you start? I should like to know whether you will be back this fall & whether you want me to have things ready for housekeeping. It is uncertain whether I go east this Fall. The money panic has put a stop to all railroad projects for the present.
I feel lonely when you are away & miss you more than you can imagine. I suppose I am not a very good husband when I am filled with all sorts of business, if at any time, but one thing is certain – my good wife has my heart, if she don’t at all times my mind and tongue. How much happiness her presence would give me this Sunday which I have all alone to myself. I am locked into my office & have shut out all the world save my wife.
Tomorrow I start south to speak on the stump a week or ten days & consequently shall not be able to write you till I return.
I have concluded to take the property of the Trust co. at $15,000.
Please write often & come home just as soon as you can feel that your visit is through – I shall be most happy to meet you any day –
Affectionately your own C
Love to Eliza & mother & family