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    Monday, November 2d, 1862

    My dearest Netta,

    Thank you
    for your welcome letter.
    I am thankful that your
    noble boy is better. Do be
    careful what you put into
    his little stomach at this
    critical time of teething.
    The ostrich digestion peculiar
    to boys, which he will doubtless
    possess in time, is not bestowed
    so early. I cannot fancy him
    cross. It must be the evil
    spirit which Blossom has
    lately cast out, which has

    taken up a transient abode
    in the fair quarters which
    of Hals little heart.
    I dined with Aunt Patty
    on Saturday and she showed
    me your letter. I then for
    the first time saw Aunt
    Susan's notice of Mamma.
    It is incomprehensible why
    she did not send me a
    copy. I never see the Eve-
    -ning Post & knew nothing
    of it. I liked it altogether.
    It was true which rich
    notices seldom are, & written
    with a true appreciation of
    the character she attempted
    to describe. Dear Mamma
    who I think was peculiarly
    modest, able to do without
    admiration, & never anticipating
    it, would I think be gratified
    at this expression of affection.
    Is it not possible to obtain
    for me a paper with of
    that date. From a notice
    on the other side of your slip
    I gather that it was the
    one of October 17th Friday.
    Perhaps Hal can get me
    one- or rather two- at the
    office. I shall be exceeding-
    -ly disappointed if that is
    impossible. I might copy
    your's, but had far rather
    have it in print.
    I hope by this time you have
    a letter from Kate. We have
    one from Castilla, he had
    just heard the news of
    our Mother's death & was
    going to write to Kate immediately.
    The date was October 5th or 6th
    You did not dear send
    me as I asked Kate's former
    letters, and my own which
    I sent you. Please enclose
    them in your next letter.
    I will send immediately back
    any letter you sent me from
    Kate. I meant to enclose
    to night the four dollars
    we owe you for packing
    the pictures, but neither
    Frank or I can muster so
    much money at present.
    I will send it in two or
    three days. We have
    been very busy cutting
    petticoats & sacks for the
    contrabands. My Maryanne
    cut out fifteen sets with
    linings throughout in one
    day. She hardly sat down.
    I did what I cd you
    wd have smiled to
    see me kneeling down
    before an uncouth
    sack pattern- slashing
    here & there at a
    gay material, once a
    window curtain & now
    to be made into a
    most picturesque suit
    for some Ebony Matron
    or Maid. Red Moreen
    with blue belts &
    black borders. Stone
    coloured stuff with red
    stripes round the bottom
    & up the sides- sack
    trimmed to match.
    Two old blanket
    shawls I had made
    into dresses. They
    were two which Frank
    & I exchanged when
    I went abroad & have
    kept until now for
    sentiment. But
    even this has now
    to be sacrificed.
    A beggar man asked
    me at the door
    this afternoon to give
    him "some invisible
    thing"- & this is the only
    sort of article remaining
    within the scope of charity.
    Good night darling.

    With love to all
    Your most loving