Sunday Evening Nov. 14,1889
My darling daughter:-
It has been another lonely [lovely?] day. Again I found a letter from you as I went through the office to go to church. Alice and I talked it all over. You must be very courageous and be a true helpmate. Papa came up to Alice's to dinner and she had one of the best dinners she ever had. Raw oysters, soup, smothered grouse and vegetables & curry, a dish for the first time seen this side of N.Y. and potatoes in milk au gratin. A fig puddmg, little frosted cakes, fruit and coffee. The grouse, fig pudding, vegetables with curry she was taught in the cooking school the other day.
I have no doubt you will some how get yourself arranged more satisfactorily soon. It will be much better for your husband to be making a little name for industry and application there, it will not hurt him. You must expect things a little awkward at first. I have written you two letters before this. You must have gotten them at the General Delivery at the Post Office. Your dress and shoes sent by Express. (Paid)
I can almost see your grand mountain and bay. If you wish any more recollections of my girlhood to which you refer (who would have thought you were remembering) I can tell you that Papa and I had only one large room when we went to Boston. The first winter some of the people who have become the most distinguished in Amenca called upon us there. The Lieutenant Gov, and Henry Wilson since Vice President of the U.S, Gen. Banks-Swift, etc.
Papa had fifteen dollars per week when he first came to Mil. Oh you are not ground down yet into poverty by any means. Take heart - but look out certainly for the main chance, be honest, live uprightly and be gracious to all and above all be economical. If you go to church it is not necessary that you permit yourself to be taxed at present. Plainly say you can not afford it. I do not seem to find your letter from Plymouth. If I were you and Arthur I should join(?) ____ confession of faith it is just the same. You have only to see the minister - both call on him you will not have to be baptized. Do it as early as possible. Then if you move from that city you can ask for letters together. Start right in your married life and pull together. And don't have the first hard words.
Papa and I rode home on the Brady Street line. Oh - no it seems much longer to me than you. My evenings are long - my days are lonesome. I have no one to run in and see. Alice comes down to lunch tomorrow. Your goods ought to be there by this time, so Papa says, with love to you both and many kisses to you darling.