1813 1931

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          Dear Sissy,

          I have no news to write you but I will pen you a line to let you know that I am nearly dead to see the baby. I am going out there to the Bethany (?) look sharp, I want you to dead me 2 yds Fine h? Swiss if that will be enough for waist and sleeves, if not send more. You can judge. Send two spools brown cotton thread. I have cut out my brown Basque, it suits as well as could be expected. I got those patterns from Jane McGrew for baby I will send them. The "side body" you will have to cut two for each side. I suppose you will "understand". Martha Harper came last Friday and stayed till Sunday eve. She was talking about your baby, and I told her Bill was so scared it would be red headed, that every time anybody said it was pretty he would say "you haven't seen its head yet". I think she felt bad enough to do with that. I wouldn't say anything to her about it if I were you, "let it pass".

          I got Lou's picture a few days ago. I will end it, but you must be sure and send it back, I'm not half done with it yet. Mother got a letter from Aunt Nancy I will send it too. I believe I have writt all I can think, only I am going to teach two months in Ed Lotts old house to commence Monday week. I dont want to think of that much. I told them ("the employers") they would have to let me out to go to Bethany and Johns ex (?) if he has one 16th August, as I wouldn't miss them places for forty dollars, "the salary".

          For fear 2 yds will not be enough send 3 of the swiss and you may insist on fathers getting a few pounds sugar if you will please I believe your influence will prevail. We have lost sight of (?). Be ready to come home with me when I go, and tell Alice to come. You must go to Mt. Carmel and have the baby's picture taken while times are good, before she gets ugly. Kiss her for me till you give out, and take her to the shop and put her in the vise to squeeze her for me. No more at present.

B.S.D.     (Barbara Stewart Davis)

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