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North Jackson, [I?] June 7th ['93?] My Dear Cousin Your [sweet?] letter received and what a [tone?] of days gone by run through the whole of it. I certainly seem [ed?] more like [Edith?] five yr's ago than any I have received from [Pitts?]. How glad I am to learn you are in so good spirits and that ere long [we?} can have again with us our own sweet cousin E [(Three cheers?)] It is to bad that you did not get out in

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the country while [Spring?] was decked in the most beautiful robe she has worn for several yrs. [Spring?] attire and [?] Emily have at last decided on wearing the most gorgeous colors that can be found. I am glad you are kindly remembered with flowers while enclosed in that old [H.H.?]. Just so the [?] don't seek to [carry?] off or [lure?] away my own [?] [lavished?]. Last Sun. night we had our Children's Day [exercises?] [?] of it was good, but oh how we had to work to make it so. Worked days and practiced nights. We attempted to make a

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[note?] "Welcome" out of paper roses and it took about every afternoon for a wk. I made the greater part of it. Then on Sun. afternoon I [almost?] made the loveliest cross (about 4 feet long) and a crown out of white [lacery?] which was placed below the Welcome, and below the cross was a bank of [pansy?] blossoms surroun ded with white snowballs and [boquetts?] by the doz. [almost?]. In front of the stage were palms & other decorating in the church of [?] etc. You can't imagine all the playing & [planning?] I had to do. I played the opening march and the performers all marched in and we had a dialogue

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of eleven which with my help was got up in [three days?] and it was most excellent. Oh I was so glad, for the church was crowded and outside enough to again half fill it. We got $16.53 for our collection. Two wks. ago we were at the State Conv. at [Canton?] Oh it was grand [we've?] [gone] [5 da] and what a spiritual feast that was. We had with us their three dear missionaries. One was Bro. Smith who a few years ago went over to Japan and lost his wife. When he returned he married the

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beloved State Pres. Candice Layman and went back to J. After a time they had a little child and I think before the child was 2 yr. old it died in that dreary land and now they have again been obliged to again return to America for their health, but will return again as soon as they are able. Oh such a sweet woman as Sister Smith is. She is perfectualy lovely and so devoted to Christ. She stood before that vas [vast?] assembly telling of her dear dead babe and how it drew to them the

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