1874 Aug 13b
August 13, 1874
Thursday evening at home
As Bets is starching and ironing, I will try to write you a few lines. We are well as common. I am doing as well as you ever saw anybody. I hope you all are well and doing well.
Jane, we have the warmest weather for the last three or four days I ever saw. The heat was ninety degrees at Mr. Martin’s on Tuesday. We haven’t had but one or two showers of rain in several days. It looks like the fodder will burn up.
We just got back from town. He got five cents a pound for apples and fifteen cents for eggs. Peaches fifteen cents a pound. Tell the children to come get some apples before they are all gone. They are about gone. Every good apple I eat, I thought of you all. I wish you had some. We haven’t had any peaches worth anything at all.
Tell Willie and Nan and Lalah to come help Delia and Eulah keep all of the flies off of the baby.
Jane, Ike says he will go with me to see you between this and Christmas if nothing happens neither. I hope to see you before then. At Bethel, three more joined last night. That makes nine joined in all, Jane.
Aunt Clara has come. She is sitting by the window churning. She is about as pretty as she was when you was here. She said to tell you she comes nearly every day to see the baby.
Ike’s Ma sends her best respects to you all. Tell Harmon he must make that trip over, for it don’t seem like him and the children has been here. It seems like a dream of seeing you.
Tell Willie and Nan to learn fast so they can write me a letter.
I will quite writing and let Ike finish.
Let Clayton, to her sister, good-bye for this time.
N. J. Harden