Lowell, Nov. 6th 1871.Dear Mother,
We are always glad to get the news from home, and I wish you would thank [Dell?] for her good home letter that told us just the things we wanted to know. I cannot remember how long it has been since its reception but I am sure it is time to let you hear from us.
We are all very well. John thinks his home is health & comfort to him and I guess it is doing me good too for I am feeling much better than I did last summer. I weigh more than I have weighed for several years. The rest of the summer just prepared the way for the improvement that usually comes with the cool weather. I have not sewed much this Fall. I think I have sometimes injured myself greatly by sewing. In about three weeks Maggie is going into a shop to bind suspenders, having her home still with us, and I shall be mistress of the kitchen & I anticipate a good time of it. I shall hire my washing & more of my sewing than formerly. It was Maggie's own choice to stay in Lowell. I am very glad she has a desire to stay here.
The children are getting along well in school. Harvey week the owner of an arithmetic which pleases him exceedingly & he to spell his daily lessons quite well.
Kittie[?] is a nice little girl – very happy most of the time and so much comfort & company for me that I don't know what the world would be without her. She often speaks of Josie. She talks of going to heaven to see him & has some playthings that she says she is going to take to him.
Lulu[?] wishes to know if aunt [Dell's?] baby send love to all the little cousins. They thought gathered so many chestnuts. There is no place like the farm to train up it is hard to keep them employed & out of mischief in such a place as this.
But I hope ours will grow up virtuous & holy. I hope you will often pray for them and for us too that we may be faithful workers for the heavenly Master & for our church & people that they may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. There are a great many men & women who are not Christians and it seems as if nothing but a great revival would move their hearts toward God. I have faith in prayer & I want to enlist every praying heart in our behalf.
I am anxious to hear from Uncle Baxter's family whether they have met with great losses by the Chicago fire or not. We all learn the uncertainty of earthly possessions. I hope Charles will take advice of all the wise heads he can with reference to the Iowa matter before going out there & not yield to Mr. Lyon at all. The west have no principle but to get money. I have had a good long letter from Sarah. She seems very happy & I believe they are very useful. I wonder if William's horse has recovered from his lameness. John expects to go to Northampton next week Tues. & will return Wed. We have invited his father & mother to return with him. I would like to have you save me some hen's wings if convenient - I had missed a napkin but supposed it was lost in the worker boys, besides two or three other articles. Love to all from all.