This is the day I had set for being at home, but various detentions, particularly the one at Prairie du Chien of four days has set us back considerably. 1 The weather has been very cold but I have not suffered any. We have had a fine snow up in these parts so that traveling in a buggy is out of the question. We have our buggy set up on runners and in that condition travel along finely and of course attract the attention of evry passer. Have you all kept well. I dreamed night before last that Jesse was sick. I hope in this case dreams may go by contraries. —Tomorrow will be New Years day. I wish you all a happy New Year and wish I was at home with you. To-night, if we can get off, we want to go to West Union, twenty five miles from here. It will be sun down however before we can start and possibly we may not be able to get off to night atall. You may look for me home about the next Teusday after you recieve this. —I enclose a letter for Orvil which have sent to him at once.
Kiss all the children for me. I did not get a letter from you at Prairie du Chien. I shall enquire at the P. O. in West Union. I