My Dear Wife—I have attended meeting in Manhattan, this a.m. & am now at Isaac’s. I went over the Kansas river last eve with Mr. Lee & staid all night & had a very pleasant time. Mrs. Lee was very glad to hear from her friends & especially to receive the presents. Her box of bedding has not yet arrived although daily expected by a team which I have engaged to get the same with other things. I am now getting my cabin banked up & ready for Lucinda to move into this week The past week has been very pleasant & Indian Summer-like. Lucinda is better that she was-also the children—The Thermometer ranged last Friday as high as 65 degrees at noon & 50 at sundown & today at noon at 50-- I should like to know how it is with you. I work out door with my coat off & without a handkerchief about my neck. My striped shirts are real warm & first rate. I am the wellest now that I have been for years. I do not bleed by the Piles, but do pretty often at the nose. I am full of blood & stout looking. You would be astonished at my change of looks. I wish I could send you my deguerrebtype now. Well, bless the Lord for all my good health & all the daily blessings which I enjoy. If you were here safely seated in my pretty cabin, how happy I should be. Miss Copeland of Fitchburg, whom I escorted out for intended husband was married last week by Br. Blood- (see her Marriage in the Herald of Freedom of this month.) Well, much happiness to her & her husband—they are a very likely & good looking couple of Congregationalist & the first married couple in this section. —
Mrs. Lovejoy, formerly of Norway, has a young son, born in Manhattan about two months old, the first child born in the City, & it is named for Gen. Pomeroy who is the main Agent of the N.E. Emigrant Aid Co. & who is about settling here, & having a stone house built in our City. Geo. S. Park, Esq. has just ordered a fine stone house to be built in the spring, intending to locate here with his new married wife—our mill is now getting up & we shall soon have matters & things lively in all our affairs. We expect soon to have weekly prayer meetings in the City. How is all our Norway meeting affairs, S. School, etc etc, ? & how is mother?--
Sab. Dec. 9, --I have come down to the city to meeting, but there was none & I am now quarter to 3 o’clock P.M. seated in a sunny place in my cabin, writing without any fire, the sun keeping me quite warm. I wish I could know just how the Thermometer & weather is at Norway—I with you to tell Winsley to keep a memarandom of the weather if he remains at home this winter- Up to now I have heard nothing from Norway since I left, excepting the sad news of Mrs. Moores death, by way of the Oxford Democrat which Perry Russell sent me. O, what an end to her earthly hopes! I hope her death will be sanctified to the good of others. Ellen is quite unwell with the chills today, having got cold last night in fixing her chamber from the snow which beat in last night—we had about an inch fall, with a very heavy wind—it mostly melted away today. The Thermometer ranged this morning at sunrise 20 degrees above zero & at noon at 32. I suppose the weather is quite cold & blustering in Norway now. How do you get along? And how do you make out in getting water,& how
is the Doctors cellar? What is the news from Iasiah Danforth—has he found his valise? Lucinda lost hers on the way here—she feels bad about it as she had many little things in it. I have heard nothing from Vt. friends since arriving here. Elisha Webber is married as Lucinda told me to-day! Mary is expecting to be married to a likely rich young man at Shelburn Falls. I have written to Cousin Whitney at Strongsville & told him he might expect a letter from you soon—please write him if you have not yet done it.—I intend to write brother Goodwin soon & also some other Norway friends. How do you succeed with boss Millett? Hope to hear from you once in two weeks.—Farewell.
Yours as ever----
Wm E. G