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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

[Transcribed journal entries],   pp. [1]-13 PDF (10.5 MB)


Page 12

[Written crosswise, across the first few pages:]
My Dear Mother and Brothers and Sisters.  By this futile attempt to write
a journal you will see that I still think about you every day.  I am inclined
to think you will frequently be receiving letters from me as I often write.
 But I must inform you I do not have as many from home as I desire.  Cannot
some of you adopt this plan and write a little every few days, or when anything
occurs you think would interest or bene-fit me, or cannot you make a journal
and all write by turns.  I want to know how you are and how you are always
getting along.  Be sure I feel much interested in you welfare, both for this
world and the next.  And pray for you every day.  I am now expecting a letter,
or rather letters, from you, as I have not had once since last July.  And
this is the first day of December.  I wrote to George Metcalfe in June. 
Did my Mother re-ceive what I call my annual letter which I mailed on the
26th September?
Ann tells me you are all well.  But she gives me no particulars.  I wrote
to Mr. Barrett just after Conference, and gave him my address that I judge
you have known some time where to send to me.  The letters I receive from
Ann and her husband do not contain anything of importance.  They are merely
interchanges of kindness and friendship.  Mr. M talks about his House and
Farm etc and tells me he is very sorry I have not been to see them.  He also
enquires about Barz and Jane.  Ann has had no letter from Jane yet and wonders
at it.  Tho I suppose at Chapmans they have no time to write.  I fear his
friends in England will think he is too negligent.  However you may tell
them that he does not forget them; and I think to some extent he is excusable
as he has been kept doing

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