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Evansville Ark Aug the 2 1858
Dear Doctor and Sarah, I received your letter today and was glad to hear from you and was more than glad to hear that you would come out here. I want you to get here by the eleventh of September if you possibly can. You can come right toward Evansville. You can come to Memphis in a day and night on the cars, and then you can come to Little Rock on the boat, and then to Van Buren on a stage, and then up here on a stage, so I want you to come if you can. I don't think that I will be down before that time, and it may be between that and October. John Paton's wife has been mighty low, but she is a little better now, She had a girl last week. Taylor Paton is here now. He tells me that they had a letter from Crosly a few days ago and that Marthey Crosly was dead and Mrs. Crosly was very low. Uncle Ben folks are all well. We are a getting very dry in this country, though there is great appearance of rain this evening. Doctor, you must be sure to come and maybe then father will come, too. I know that you can find a place that you will like, and I want to live close to you again, and the children wants to see you and Sarah so bad. You must excuse my short letter at this time as I am in a hurry. I want to send it to the office. Lexis sends his love to you both. Bud and Sally sends a kiss to you both. This leaves us all well at present. Hoping to hear from you soon. If you can't come, write straight. I want you to write to me and let us know, so farewell at present.