Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 3
Linden July 5th, 1848 PDF (2.0 MB)
I have not been to see them for three months or over, Chapman was down last week and said all were well. He has come of late every three or four weeks on business. I have not yet seen ___, nor have I heard for some time but I take all the blame for this as she wrote last. I very much want to go to see her, but I see no prospect of being able to leave at present. If I should go I should spend six or seven days on the road and be able to spend about one with her. If I could go I am so heartily sick of travelling alone, for any length of time, that it is really doubtful whether or not I should have the courage to start. I believe the ______ I bought at ____ sale cost 42 shillings altogether. As to John I do not know what more I can say. If he has made up his mind to come we shall be glad to see him and will _____ him all we are able. I shall look for a letter from you as soon after you receive this as it is convenient to write. Let me know how you are all getting along. I hope you are all attending th that which should be the greatest business of life-preparing for the world to come. For myself I still feel I enjoy the favor of my heavenly Father, and am living loose to created things. And am not unwilling to depart that I may be with Christ. "Thy servant Lord prepare" for my approaching change is my earnest prayer. For how soon I may die I know not. But with Christ life is welcome and to die is _____. Please to give my love to all my relatives and friends as if named. Yours affectionately M.D.
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