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Fairview Scott co Va Sept the 4th 87
Miss Nannie Arthur
Dear Daughter I seat myself to drop you a few lines to let you know that we are all well at this time and hope this may find the same. this is the third letter that I have wrote since I have had one from you. I dont wish to beg you to write to me I will only ask you to write to me and you can do as you like. I would like verry much to see you and would like for you to come [ovr] - and live with me if you would. if you wish to come and have not got the money I will try to pay your way. if you let me know when you will come. if you will come you can write me a letter stating when you can come and I will meet you either at Bristol or Estilville. you can now come to Estilville on the Train. I have to keep a Girl hired all the time and pay them and I would rather keep you if you would come. you wrote to me for some money but the times has been so hard that I could not sell my work for money on account of bread it has been the hardest time about bread that ever was known in this country. but I am now selling all the work that I can do. the flux is raging in this country now there is a great many people dieng I have made a great many coffins for both and young. I have not heard from [Dar-] in about 4 months but when I heard last she was well.
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In the begining was the word, and the word was with god, and the word was god.
Commandment Commandments ten
Presented to Nannie Arthur
Sep the 6 1887 By her farther
Submitted by: Myrtle Corell Myers. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek. Items in brackets [ ] are my notes or words/characters I had difficulty reading.
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