A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the letter are original.
Atlanta Ga Aug. 12 1877 Rev. J. W. Lowry
[John Washington Lowry]
My Dear Brother
I was very glad to indeed on the reception of your very welcome letter as I have so many letters to write, I will adopt your plan and write 2 letters in one. As I think possibly you read each others family letter occasionally you spoke of writing me a long letter I shall look for it hope it wont be long coming but will be long when it gets here. I dont know how many letters I rote you to Miss. that came back to me. I never knew you was preaching until last year . Didnt know that I had a brother that was a preacher until last year I learn that they was all preachers. Would of been glad to of met you all at the camp meeting but was entirely out of my power hope you had a good time & a pleasant time of meeting of brothers & sisters; I thot the good Lord in blessings met with you all. Tell my sisters I would love to get a letter occasionally from either or all of them. Jane yous [used] to write me, but since she got to Texas she has never wrote me a word. Her letters yous [used] to do me a great deal of good. Tell her I would like to have some more of them. Tell Minerva & Arminda to write & give me a token that they havent forgotten they have a brother in old Georgia.
Love to all. Let us live & work for the Lord; the time is short that that is done must be done soon. Christ said this gospel must be preached to all nations for a witness unto them. Then cometh the end. I think he meant, the end of the gospel Dispensation; & it is now being preached to all nations according to the best information I can get. How long it will take to spread over those nations we cant tell, but as time progress, the spread of the gospel increases; speed on the day. All I can say hear.