Feb 26th 1860
My Dear Wife,
Your letter of the 23rd inst came to hand. I was a little suprised to learn that you did not go through to Keosauqua the day you left. I expect you was afraid that you would get [Maud?] drowned. You must take a little more care in your writing as you will fall into a loose & careless style of composition, not at all commendable.
The roads are awful bad indeed almost impassible. They are so bad that I really do not know when I can come after you. I want to see you and little Maud most awful bad. I really believe I love you both. I have not slept at home but one night since you left. I am writing this letter in Bakers office. Mrs. Baker is in the office and says for us to stop at Elbert's and bring her a new [?]. Please do not let me forget it.
Kiss little Maud for me and imagine one for yourself. I will come as soon as possible.
Your affectionate husband,
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