Letter from Sarah A. Hazard, dated 1864-01-29

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North Ferrisburgh 1st mo 29th

Dear cousin R B Stevens

I think perhaps thou would like to here from Friends about here so I write (not however much in the mood) we have very plesant weather warm & nice but with every rose there is a thorn & with our warm weather we have lost our good sleighing but the Thermomater stands now 12 degrees freesing & I hope we shall have a little more snow for I understand that Levi & Sarah Meader thought of comeing to Monthly Meeting & going on the the Q. Achsah has been sick 3 weeks not able to set up only to have herbed [mede?]: more than [foure?] since she first commenced vomiting: yesterday she gave birth to a nice little daughter weighed 4. lb & was comfortable last night. Sarah M Hazard has a little daughter

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born the 20th she was not very smart the last I herd. the rest of our friends are in usual health for aught I know. there is a considerable sickness about here. Rheuben Parkers wife is now a corpes to be buried first day: there was a funeral yesterday at the Methodist house an only child nearly 4 years old her parents feel there loss. we here that Esthers babe has been sick but is better; the barrell of goods thou sent came in good order in time to send with our box they wer repacked to prise wer prised at $48 our box prised at $139. the next sixth day after thy children wer here. our sewing cirkle met here & 19 of us quilted 2 bedquilts & done other sewing. 7th day at Andrew Holmses I will try to finish my letter so as to mail it on our way home. William Dean is here [strikeout]says[/strikeout] says Oscars wife is very low has a fever I fear for her but hope she will recover [strikeout]yesterday[/strikeout] Achsah yesterday was distressed & vometed very bad looking matter but this morning is smart & seems like getting well. William Deans mother was buried last fourth day her age was 85 she was very happy seventh & first day said she thought she should not live long she was taken sick that night much as unkle Clark was & died the next morning. We wer very glad indeed of a short visit from thy children they seem so near to us. we are always glad to see or here from any of them. I have been writing & listning to here Wm D. talk & have made so many mistkes I think I will stop. Rufus joines me in love to thee and thy children. Sarah A Hazard

Andrew Holmes & wife wishes to be remembered to thee

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