Woodhall Cottage
Aug 13th 1868

My dear Brother Thomas Willis

It is now a long time since I last wrote to you and in the meantime I have two letters to thank you for. I was very glad to hear that you are all well and confidently trust that this may find you so. This has been a very bad year for farmers in England on account of the dryness of the season everything is burnt up for we have had no rain to speak of for [ ] until the last few days when we have had refreshing showers [  ] harvest has been abundant and good the weather being so fine which is a great blessing for all the hay harvest had been fine but the crops so light that the farmers will not know what to do for fodder when the winter sets in they are all complaining very much as there is no [hay?] scarcely. I am glad my dear [  ] times for farmers are good with you and I trust that you will do well. Tell my mother that I have not heard anything from my Aunt Mary her sister[……………………damaged……………………] should hear my Uncle Longmire where is he do you ever hear anything of him or his younger brother Thomas he went out to America I believe some years since. We have had a man from America in Askrigg he has however now gone back and taken a young wife with him  is name is Preston. I daresay you will have heard of him as he only lives some miles from you he was a native of Askrigg and has six children by a former wife. I saw him in Carperby one day and he told me that he lived so near you he had near [  ] of you. How are the Hirds getting on tell me when you write to me all [   ] and write a good long letter I think I must now conclude this scrawl hoping that your wife and children are all well I myself seem pretty well in health at present have you seen Broderick since his return I was glad to hear that he had arrived safe at home again if you happen to see him give my kind remembrances to him and any that may enquire after me I must now say farewell with best wishes to your wife and yourself [   ] your affectionate sisterE. L. Willis  Woodhall