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New Albion June 25th 1854 Dear Bob Your letter of the 8th has reached its destination at last after sundry ramblings about the world. I conclude so at least from the variety of postmarks upon the envelope In answere to your first inquiry I say - No! Of course I have not! I enjoyed the visit at "The Grove" quite too well last fall to forget you all soon. Lucuis + Will are both at home this summer and like myself after having been absent for a while from the old farm and the old friends here, have found it after all. if indeed it had ever been a matter of doubt the best place in the world. I left Sycamore with much reluctance however for I had found many friends there whom I esteemed very highly to say nothing of Miss Culver which I assure was hardest of all to part with. Miss Susan Culver took my place

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in the school and they remained until April. I think [crossed out]. Helen is in Chicago now, teaching in one of the public schools. She has a cousin in the city, Lawyer Hull I think. Robert came down last month on a visit and was quite enthusiastic in his praises of Illinois. The prairies and woodlands must be in their greatest beauty just now, and the gardens - how I would enjoy a walk through your beautiful one to night! But June makes every place smile; and even "woe begone' Cattaraugus has caught a glimpse of the glory of Summer and put on her holiday attire. I think you must have spent the winter very pleasantly [underlined] as well as very profitably. with such an inexhaustable subject before you, as Natural History I can scarcly imagine where you could commence and much more difficult probably would it be to find a stopping place. The latter, I suppose, with your interest in the pursuit

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you will not care to reach soon. For myself I cannot say that the winter was either agreeably or usefully passed. We reached home just before the holidays, sorry holidays for me were they after our terribly fatiquing journey; home never was more welcome I assure you. Time hung very heavily upon my hands while the cold and wet weather lasted and shut up within doors as I was, my only object to pass away time as quickly as possible, you can readily imagine that I hailed the approach of Spring with no ordinary pleasure. I have been collecting botanical specimens making a scrap-book, exploring the woods about home, reading every thing of interest I can find, writing a little just enough to be sure and not forget how to make the letters (though I dont aspire to writing intelligibly half the time yet.) Besides I am at present my mother's sole assistant in the housekeeping department, so you see I have now plenty

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of employment decidedly better than "playing the schoolmarm". By the way sir, I detected a slight trace of sarcasm in your letter, the passage immediately following the above quotation. Take care! But I see you havent dropped my cognom (maybe cognomen??) yet but you are safe, for I cant petotiate (maybe means potentiate??) not even by honoring you with the title of one of Dicken's heroes __ Apropos of authors __ have you read Mr B.F. Taylor's new book "January + June." We like it very much here. I think Mr Taylor must live near Chicago Perhaps at some such beautiful place as "The Grove" which inspired him. Lucius says he is going to write you soon, and Will bids me say you had better answer that letter he wrote you last winter. Lucius sends his compliments to "Major"/ the colt he used to ride I mean./ My love to the friends. Let us hear from you again if you dont consider it an unqualified waste of time and talent. but for the present I must bid you good bye. Yours truly Aunt Kennicott

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