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Hillside 3rd of 10th mo /59.      We were much pleased at the reception of thy letter. some weeks since, telling of your safe arrival at the City of Brotherly Love, but we very sorry to hear you had so dismal a journey, it was too bad to have to get so fatigued reaching home I think you would have had it much pleasanter & less tiresome staying all night in Catskills I beleive stage routes are conceded by all to be a rather hard way of traveling & then to be so crowded made it still worse, & only think the next week the stage went entirely empty.
     We attended Quarterly Meeting & the company we were expecting
came home with us after it the week you left, the next week Father, Mother & Sarah started on their journey to Sullivan Co. Mother found her brother rather better than she expected although very feeble, they were gone about two weeks, I had to be houskper[?], with Ruth King to stay with me, you remember her perhaps,
     We are now once more settled quietly down, just our own family we are enjoying it much, but mother has been quite unwell lately & we have rather too much work to do to make it entirely comfortable.
     The weather has been delightful since you left, real cool, too cool for corn for it froze before much of it ripened the 14th of last mo. so I fear corn cakes & mush will not be very plenty this winter for those who have not of last years crop.
     Grapes & tomatoes have ripened rather better than usual this fall, we are now abounding in them both, I suppose they have got to be an old story with you.
     Our forests are now clad in the bright glowing colors of Autumn the mountains look as if they were covered with huge boquets of flowers mingled with the dark green pine & hemlock. If you could be here now I know you would enjoy these Autumn days with the purest air & bluest sky & the cool fresh breeze so nice for exercise. but the fogs & rain will come occasionally reminding us of the heavier fall we will have by & by. Winter will soon be upon us seeming to shut us out from the rest of the world by its barriers of snow & ice & bitter cold, not quite so impassible as those that surrounded
Dr. Kane in his Arctic winter quarters but sufficiently formidable to keep us mostly at home with but little company, so letters from our friends are doubly welcome as they reach here in spite of frost & snow will you not favor us with one occasionally as opportunity offers, Hannah gave a promise of something from Mary but whether her journey has quite annihilated her or not I cannot imagine, at least she gave no visible token of her actual existence in the body. This letter is meant for you both, although I have hardly used the right pronoun throughout, you are so intimately associated that it does not seem natural to write to one alone.
     With much love from us all to you both I am affectionately
Mary Drake.