Letter: 9 August 1871

To Lora Arnold
From Elisabeth Johnson

Schuyler Falls
Aug. 9th 1871

Dear Sister and all.

Now I think I will try and surprise you a little with some good news, or certainly hope it will prove good to you. For we certain expected all of you and as you write you are not coming, we do the next best thing that is; send Ma to you. If nothing happens she will start next Tuesday morning the 15th. She is going with Theressa as far as where Mary Ann is, and Theressa wants her to stop over one night there, but if she get in company with any one, to help her to make the change in Chicago she will not stop; and perhaps will not anyway. We thought Samantha was going but she gave it up yesterday, thinks she cannot leave, but they are all anxious to have her go. Ma is going to make a good long visit on a two months ticket and hope you will all have a good time. My school closes this week and I wish I was coming with Ma but it cannot be I suppose. John & Hannah staid here all night and went to Plattsburgh this morning, and they are coming camp meeting time so we shall some of us go. Mary has been up here this afternoon but complains of pain in her side and near her heart. Amanda went to Dannemora last Sunday with Jack Fitspatrick & Mary and a company of Irish (etc.?), and is coming up Sunday I suppose with Johnson of Plattsburgh, Ma will tell you about him if there is anything to tell. Today is Elma’s birthday and we wonder what she is doing. Mr. Arnold advises Ma to stop at Gilman and if it is so Amos can meet her there, she will be glad. She will, if nothing happens be there sometime Thursday. We are sorry we have not time to get an answer from you.

Hope you will be all well and enjoy your visit.

Elisabeth Johnson

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