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MY DEAR WIFE, Your most welcome letter of the 13th instant I g t yesterday. I am very glad to learn from yourself that you feel so much resigned to your circumstances, so much confidence in a wise and good Providence, and such composure of mind in the midst of all your deep afflictions. This is just as it should be; and let me still say, " Be of good cheer," for we shall soon " come out of all our great tribulations ; " and very soon, if we trust in him, " God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes." Soon " we shall be satisfied when we are awake in His likeness." There is now here a source of much disquietude to me, namely, the fires which are almost of daily and nightly occurrence in this immediate neighborhood. While I well know that no one of them is the work of our friends, I know at the same time that by more or less of the inhabitants we shall be charged with them, the same as with the ominous and threatening letters to Governor Wise. In the existing state of public feeling I can easily see a further objection to your coming here at present ; but I did not intend saying another word to you on that subject.
Why will you not say to me whether you had any crops mature this season? If so, what ones? Although I may nevermore inter- meddle with your worldly affairs, I have not yet lost all interest m them. A little history of your success or of your failures I should very much prize ; and I would gratify you and other friends some way were it in my power. I am still quite cheerful, and by no means cast down. I " remember that the time is short." The little trunk and all its contents, so far as I can judge, reached me safe. May God reward all the contributors! I wrote you under cover to our excellent friend Mrs. Spring on the 16th instant. I presume you have it before now. When you return, it is most likely the lake will not be open ; so you must get your ticket at Troy for Moreau Station or Glens Falls (for Glens Falls, if you can get one), or get one for Vergennes in Vermont, and take your chance of crossing over on the ice to Westport. If you go soon, the route by Glens Falls to Elizabethtown. will probably be the best.
I have just learned that our poor Watson lingered until Wednesday about noon of the 19th of October. Oliver died near my side in a few moments after he was shot. Dauphin died the next morning after Oliver and William were killed, namely, Monday. He died almost instantly ; was by my side. William was shot by several persons. Anderson was killed with Dauphin.
Keep this letter to refer to. God Almighty bless and keep you all!
Your affectionate husband,
DEAR MRS. SPRING, I send this to your care, because I am at a loss where it will reach my wife.
Your friend in truth,
- John Brown