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First day.} 9th mo. 8th 1833      Cousin William came over after dark last night, & after talking a while said well W J has not been here yet, I reply'd, no, I had hoped he wou'd have come before this time, Why rejoin'd he, do you expect to receive any thing by him, oh yes letters from Martha, & Father will send a verbal message at least, if he meets with him he then very deliberately drew a letter from his pocket saying here was one somebody had given to the Girls (Jane King & Ann Shaw) as they came from the store. I immediately commenc'd reading thine, & mention'd that there was a Basket of Grapes sent with it, William thought he had better go & see after, it having notic'd a basket for which there seem'd to be no owner, he soon return'd, saying if he had been a few minutes later, they wou'd have been all eaten, Jane having told one of the small girls it was hers, they had torn off the cover & help'd themselves to more than one half if the basket was full, however let that pass, thee cou'd not have had time to put name or directions on them, & there was enough left for us to taste how good they are, & impress us with a sense of thy kindness & care in sending them at such a busy & hurry'd time, indeed I can scarcely realize how thee cou'd do so much in 2 short hours, if you find the grapes too many for you, they will keep a long time laid away in a drawer or Closet, & you can give some to M Sharpless
Cousin Betsy Loyd, E. Evans, Mary Evans or who you please
     the Rain has come at last, a great deal fell last night & it still continues, so that Mary & I are keeping Cottage this morning, while Wm. H. G. & 2 of the Girls have gone to meeting in the Carriage -- have not been well since thee left, rose yesterday morning with the sick head ache had rather an uncomfortable day, owing in part to the weather I suppose, feel somewhat better to day. having had such a feast of good things last night in the way of letters, some of which produc'd very serious reflexions which banish'd sle'ep from my eyes for a long time.
     Cousin Sarah is mending & the family pretty much as usual, please give love to cousin Jane, & let us know how you are getting along
S G      Entertaining a strong hope that our dear Martha has reach'd our long deserted home, in safety before without being exposed to this uncomfortable weather, I most cordially welcome her thereto, & shou'd most gladly have been there in person so to do, but it was concluded otherwise as Father will inform thee, & now I know not when I shall have the satisfaction of seeing thee, unless thee can consent to come up next 7th day with S. Webb who is coming for Rebbeca, [?] as far as the half way house where, William is to meet him with the children, with them, S. returns to the City
& W. home, with an empty Carriage, according to present plans; thee can know to a certainty by calling at Mary Webbs[?] -- & we shou'd like to be inform'd by W. J. that we may all be at home ready to recieve thee, I do not urge it, but leave the matter interely to thy own feelings & freedom, hoping & believeng on my own part that we shall all be favor'd to meet once more at that dear home in the course of a few weeks, wiser, & better than when we left it. if not the fault will be our own; we have indeed much to be thankful for.
James & Polly B. return'd with us from meeting dined at Williams & spent most of the afternoon here After their departure in the midst of our supper cousin W. tapp'd gently at our door & here he has staid 'till bed time -- no quiet for reading (& I intended to finish Legh Richmond) much less for writing -- I am too sleepy now & Mary too lazy mother says hope you will conclude to come & see us 7th day W.