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My Dear Wife-
Another day of rest has arrived & I am truly able to appreciate the same- I last Monday found your letter at the P.O. when I mailed one for you- was very glad to hear from you. I was somewhat troubled about you having expected a letter for some two weeks before. The past week has been a mixture of sunny, rainy, & snowy weather, but not extremely cold-Thermometer being down only to 16 degrees above zero at sunrise. I have had a poor turn of the old complaint the past week which make me some lame—I have however been able to cut logs of wood, & to enjoy my usual allowance of the wants of nature. Not but a sprinkling of snow has fell yet-Friday was quite an icy day, the trees & ground being covered with glare ice. Today it has disappeared considerable. I yesterday attended the Polls for the adoption of the State Constitution & lately framed by the Convention held at Topeka. Brother Isaac was chosen one of the Judges of election, & myself & brother Parkerson were chosen Clerks of the same—the result of the election you will soon see by the Herald of Freedom. A convention comes off next Saturday at Lawrence to nominate State officers-Isaac will probably attend, possibly myself,--There has been exciting times here for a few days past—The Missourians undertook to destroy Lawrence & some 1300 men soon assembled there to defend it & messages were sent over the territory for immediate help, & volunteers soon departed from here & other quarters to aid Lawrence. Word has arrived that peace is restored & that the invaders have departed to their homes.
Well, thank God, it is he alone that rules the nations of man, & I believe that the wrath of the enemies of freedom in Kansas will be turned to His praise & the right ultimately prevail. I hope the scenes which you mention in your letter will be sanctified to the good of many souls. Those events are sad indeed, especially that Mrs Moore & Mrs. Eldridge should be taken away so suddenly & distressingly. I approve heartily of your arrangements about the tenants & water, & hope you will enjoy the winter well. Mr Packard being so near by, you will not be so lonesome & I think he will be a good tenant, & Asa will call the oftener to cheer you up some. Tell him from me to take good care of the widow & fatherless. I have much interest to know just how the weather is with you so to compare it with the weather here. I hope Winisly will keep an account of it if at home, if not, tell his wife to & I will send her something from Kansas.
Jan 14-56- Since writing the above I have been to Kansas City, & wrote you direct from there, & since returning have written on another sheet which is herewith enclosed. To-day is some snowy & cold & being lame I keep close to the fireside, & am writing my friends in part at Norway, of which you may ere long here. After this week I expect to be engaged for some time in the woods getting in timber in the Big Blue River, & to run the logs down to our New Mill!-
Yours as ever,
Wm E. G