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Osceola, Tex. Dec 3rd / 87 Mrs C. C. Russell. My dear aunt after anxiously but vainly wanting to hear from you. Thought perhaps you were sick; and will write again I recieved a letter from Lizzie a few days ago. She tells me you are in very bad health. I thought sure I would get to go see you this winter but was disappointed there was nothing made here this year. Papa had promised me I could go + it was a great disappoi ntment to me I do want to see you so bad. I know I would en joy a visit there more than any where else. I am living at
grandma's now. I guess I will stay with her. Nellie has gone back to her husband & Carrie is off at school. Agnes is here now but will move home the first - of Jan. Carrie will come home she the 1st of Feb. I have been at Uncle Tommies all this week he is very sick of slow fever has been sick 3 WKS. tomor row is some better but of course any one has to wear this fever out he looks real badly. Uncle Lon calls me Sister of Charity as I gen rlly stay with all of them when any of the family is sick. Sister & Floyd. are going to school we have a spendid teacher here I would like to go but don't guess I will go any more. One of my friends is to be married the 22nd of this month. She is just a few months younger than myself
I am to be bride's maid. I hate real badly for her to marry. We have lived in a mile of each other ever since we came to this country. have always been particular friend the gentleman she is going to marry has lived here about 8 years. he is well thought of by all. Miss [illegible] Johnson is the young lady Mr Sanders the gentleman. Has there been any cold weather there we have had but little it has been raining 2 weeks I think there will be good crops next yr. if it does not rain too much. I'm in hope we will. There was scarely enough made this year here to live on. Papa has to buy corn for the first time in a good many years. Have you heard who Mr Fogger is in jail Lizzie wrote me he was in jail Beaumont but didn't say for
[upside down] Dec 8th Tommie is still very sick but not dangerously.
for what he was put in there for. Had Uncle William any children + where is his family? Has Aunt Lizzie any? How is Aunt Maggie's health? I never hear from her Lizzie you are the only one's of mama's relatives I ever hear from. Hell I am sitting up with Uncle Tommie he has been resting & all the while I've been writing . All the rest are well Grandma is in good health this fall. Tell [illegible] to write to me I thought I would have a regular correspondent in her but she has ceased writing. Write soon to your loving Niece Lillie [illegible]