Rama Mifflin March 2nd 1870

My very dear sister Elizabeth. It is with pleasure I commence to write you a few lines hoping they may reach you in good health. Sister Jane is not as well as usual, she has got a very bad cough, she had the lung fever two or three years ago and her lungs seem to be more easily effected than before. She seems to be recovering slowly; we think she caught cold in traveling as she accompanied Brother Richard and myself on a visit to Uncle John Longmire’s and part of the time when we were traveling the weather was very cold. The first day we went as far as Platteville we stayed the night with our Cousin George Wilson, he and his wife and daughter live alone his son John died about four years ago, he had been living down in the southern part of Illinois. G. Wilson & family are well but he is looking quite old. The second night we arrived at Mr. Murray’s where Uncle’s daughters live most likely you will not have hear of Mr. Murray’s death which happened last fall, he was killed by his horses running away. Uncle’s second daughter was married last  July, she is an amiable young lady aged sixteen and a quarter third, her husband a very pleasant young man named Joseph Schellingberger. We brought Cousin Bessie the oldest home with us, she is a nice thoughtful girl nearly eighteen years old, we are quite pleased with her. We visited Uncle’s on the third morning, he is long younger than I should have expected; he said jestingly “Tell Bessie maybe I shall be popping in at Liverpool sometime,” so you see he has not forgotten England. He has a nice family of five children at home.

We were expecting J. Hirds at our house last Sunday but the weather was rough & they did not come; if they knew I was writing no doubt they would send their kind regards to you. John Hirds have three little girls now; his wife was named Cherry her grandfather was an old friend of our grandparents Longmire. We have not seen any of the Thompsons lately or Mr. Broderick but we saw M Dinsdale last fall he is not keeping store now but is a supernumary preacher.
Dear Bessie we have three of M Thompson’s daughters living near us or about 3 miles from us 2 in Linden and 1 northof us. The oldest Jane, is married to J.H. Heathcock of Linden, they have been married nearly eight years, their first baby died six years ago, they have one little boy now about 7 or 8 month old. The second, Eden, is married to a Mr. Jacobs and has one little girl, the third Lizzie is married to a Mr. Dolphin, his parents came from Swaledale, they have one little girl also, we have not seen any of them lately but they were well the last time we heard of them. Edward Thompsons oldest daughter Ann Eden, is married to P.S. Mather he is a preacher his first wife was a sister to Thos Lawson and Jas Lawson another is married to a Mr. Chandler

Dear Bessie I hope you will write soon and send us our dear Aunt’s picture. We are all very anxious to see the likeness of the one who has been a Mother to our dear Elizabeth. Father has particularly requested me to ask you this, we would be glad to have yours also, for we have been expecting one for a long time. Remember us kindly to W. T. Bradley and give him our thanks for the picture which we were so glad to receive.

Father’s health is not so good as formerly; he talks much about England, but we fear he is getting too feeble to endure so long a journey, Mother is in tolerable health but is beginning to look elderly. Thomas and family are well at present, he often talks of England he would like very much to come and see his relatives and the country. Alice and Robert are at school today, Jane has been at school this winter until about two weeks ago.

I must now conclude, Cousin Bessie joins your parent, brothers and sisters in kind love and best wishes to you all; may the blessing of our Heavenly Father rest upon you is the prayer of your loving sister Rose E. Willis