Zack D. Mathuss Esq
211 South Water Street
Aug 15th 1869
Sabbath 9 ½ P.M.
My Dear Zack
I have just returned from church heard a right good sermon from Mr.
Thummel. I can scarcely tell you my disappointment when I received your
letter last night saying you are not _____ here. I expected to ___ ___
that every ___ ____ ___ ___ for your own ___ ___ ___ do that instead of
being here alone tonight it should have you very near me. It has made me
feel blue all day. It is indeed too bad that your plans should be so
blasted. I am real sorry hope you may soon be more successful. It must
have been very trying to you to have the arrangements so near completed
and then so abruptly cut short. Business must certainly look rather
perplexing to you by this time. Of course it is perfectly right that you
should be cautious before entering into a business but dear let not the
extra expense of keeping me worry you. I propose having a little
conscience in the matter so do not fear that I will make the burden
greater than you can bear up under. And I do not ask of you to make too
great a risk of what you have merely for the sake of bring into business
at the same time do not be too choicy for my sake. Do not think I twill
make such a very great income to keep me however. I had better not say
any thing on this subject. You know for your self all I can tell.
I was surprised to hear of Harry’s having sold out. Why did he do so? Is
he trying to get with you? Or did he and Col. Jones get along well
Dear much as I would like to see you I love you more for being a man of
your word than if you had come home under the circumstances. I do love
you ever so much for that because it was a great temptation – a little
thing to say but a great think if carried out. I got back yesterday. One
morning while gone ___ got up at day break and went blackberry picking –
had a grand time and picked lots of berries.
Tell Mollie she need not think because Harry is there and she is very
happy that lo poor I am to be forgotten ___ I am waiting anxiously to
hear from her – tell her I wan to know how many pillow cases she has
made. I will not write more tonight. Write to me very soon and often.
Pleasant dreams. Our folks wish to be remembered. Good bye old
sweetness. Your Joseph.
Zack I ___ this is a poorly composed letter I have been very sleepy and
dull all the time. I will try and do better next time. Good night. Pet
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