McFarland-Russell Letter, November 17, 1887

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Newton Co [illegible] Nov 17h 1997 Mrs Kate C Russell Dear Sister I have been waiting until I could see to write to you but it seems like I will be blind all [illegible] the day I can hardly see any [illegible] at night I can see very well I can [illegible] [illegible] in [illigible] it is all one thing. I had just commenced fixing to go to see you but had to stop I hope you are stil im[illegible[, Kate Ed told me you had a cough but he thought it was

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caused from a tickling in the throat well I was in the same fix as you are, if you remember, when Dr Ford perscribed for me and cured me. he said it was General Debility. If you would write to him and give him your symptoms he would send you a prescriptive that would build you right up. he lives in Nachogdoches you can tell me how to speel that when I go to see you.

I intend visiting you as soon as I can get my eye sight sufficient to sew.

Kate I do not like

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over skirts, is there no other way and tell me how to trim a dress They say here to trim with velvet I know nothing about it I have a silver gray mohair and I want to make it nice and stylish too. No I have [our?] basque patterns I will send you a picture that I like and get you to cut the basque. I like the over skirt pattern but I am afraid of ruining my dress. Oh it is so nice I like Polonaise but I do not over skirts on my self, and how is children girls dresses made

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and babys that is learning to walk. We are back woods here no glimpse of life only in dreams.

We are all sick with colds.

I must write to Ceeile soon Naz & Tomie want to go but Mr. Smith says they are too noisey

Mr Ed said he could not go down, that he knew of But I will go when I get ready any how if it please god

Until soon all love to all

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