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DEAR DAUGHTER RUTH, I have not heard from you since John left to come on here ; and I can assure you it is not for want of interest in your welfare that I have so long delayed writing you. We got over the tedious job of moving as \vell as we could expect, and have both families comfortably fixed. Frederick has been under the treatment of one of the most celebrated physicians in Massachusetts, and for some part of the time has appeared to be as well as ever, but has not appeared so well for a few days past. Your mother is quite unwell with a bilious fever, and has been so for a day or two. We think she is doing well now, and hope she will get around soon. We have almost all of us complained more or less since we got on here. We have heard from Akron every few days since we came on. All were well there a short time since.
Our business here seems to go on middling well, and should nothing befall me I hope to see you about the last of this month or early next. John says he will write you soon. I supposed he had done BO before this, until now. We are very busy, and suppose we are likely to be for the present. We expect you to write us how you get along, of course.
- Life and Letters of John Brown; Liberator of Kansas, and Martyr of Virginia, 1885, F. B. Sanborn.