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Medford. 2d. day morning. 6th. mo. 17th. 1861.
My dear mother -
Yearning thee would worry about me - that I would just send a little line this beautiful morning to tell thee I am feeliing pretty comfortable - rested nicely last night - was waked quite early by the firing of canon and ringing of bells - as they are celebrating the battle of Bunker Hill - are going to raise the Stars & Stripes from the top of the monument for the first time. The last time I wrote to thee was feeling so much better - was in hopes should not have any more pull-backs - but the next night felt pretty bad - was very glad to hear the first robin sing that daylight was coming - suppose my blood is
so thick & bad it sort of stops circulating- why I have such spells - they take my strength away wonderfully - 6th. day & 7th - did not feel like taking many extra steps - but was better yesterday - Geo. carried us to the beech - as he cannot leave his store any other day - it seemed to brace me up very much - I gained strength fast - ate supper down there - it realy relished the best of any meal I have eaten for 3 mo's. - had clam chowder - fried clams - boiled fish - fried fish - fried potatoo - lettuce - cucumbers - radishes - pie - oranges - nuts &c - I did not eat [underline]quite[/underline] all the sorts - Suppose I ought to have been doctored thoroughly months ago - & not got run down quite so bad - am afraid twill take some time to [underline]run[/underline]back again - 6th day I wrote to H. asking him if he had'nt better come down and see what to do with me - 7th day got a letter from him saying he was intending to come - that 'twas almost singular. Is thee feeling pretty well thyself? - is Willie gaining are you all well at home and over the ridge - are questions I ask myself a great many times - How many poor sick ones there are round you - and so it is whereever we go -
Fare well, dear mother - I shall try and keep thee imformed of [underline]myself[/underline] - do not worry about me - think I should have been a great deal sicker at home away from the salt water - bathe in it once & sometimes twice a day - am still taking the medicine for do not know what else to do - perhaps that is doing the best any thing can - a great
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deal of love to all [underline]that[/underline] does not weaken - Mary -