it a disgrace to patronize 'mine uncle,' & I did not wish to give offense to the renowned general's family, by exposing the matter. If you don't want to buy the valuable paper, kindly keepquiet" Ibid.
March 21st 1858.
Your letter was recieved one week ago last teusday and I would have answered it by the next Mail but it so happened that there was not a sheet of paper about the house, and as Spring has now set in I do not leave the farm except in cases of urgent necessity. Fathers letter, 1 enclosing Mr. Bagley's, relative to the Camp business, was recieved one or two weeks earlyer, and promptly answered. My reply was long, giving a detailed account of my whole transactions with Camp, and a copy of which father can have to peruse when he comes along this way next.
Julia and the children are all well and talk some of making you a visit next fall, but I hardly think they will go. But if any of you, except father, should visit us this Spring, or early Summer, Julia says that Fred. may go home with you to spend a few months. She says she would be afraid to let him travel with father alone for she has an idea that he is so absent minded that if he was to arive in Cincinnati at night he would be just as apt to walk out of the cars and be gone for an hour befor he would recollect that he had a child with him as not. I have no such fears however. Fred. does not read yet but he will, I think, in a few weeks. We have no school within a mile & a half and that is to far to send him in the winter season. I shall commence sending him soon however. In the mean time I have no doubt but he is learning faster at home. Little Ellen is growing very fast and talks now quite plainly. Jesse R. is growing very rapidly, is very