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Ferrisburg 4 mo 7 1862
My dear Cousin
I write thee a few words partly to return Williams interesting letter & partly to inform thee of our movements. Next 4th day is fixed upon for our departure for Waterloo. Has not our dear Ann manifested a deep reverence for the memory of her precious Mother & a profound affection for her father & brothers in their desolation by thus stepping into the place of that Mother & giving so much of her time from her own household to putting our home in some condition to render it more tolerable for its lonely inmates? May she be abundantly rewarded by that [power?] which [passeth?] [all?] understanding. I think I told thee that I was to go with her. I expect to make but a short visit - 4 or 5 weeks. I hope thou wilt not fail to come see the boys whenever thy path leads this way.
was confined to the bed for some days & is still limited to the range of the warm rooms of the house. All the other members of the household are in their usually good health - my own is better than when thou left us & much better than a year ago.
Ann has also discharged a long-deferred duty in making a visit to cousin Sarah Holmes. She found her in usual health & good spirits but much more infirm than she expected. Cousin Nicholas also appears to be on the decline from an infirmity of the kidneys. Ann had a charming visit, as she always used to in her days of childhood when permitted to visit that house so attractive always to children.
With love to thee & all of thine in which the whole household unite I am as ever thy affectionate cousin
Rowd. T. Robinson