Buffalo, Apl. 21
My Dear Bro—
I enclose ([ I ] if I do not forget it, after writing it,) a letter of introduction to Col. Knapp. I do not know Mr. Garrett. , & so of course I cannot introduce you to him. It is‸n’t‸ never good [ judgment ] to deal with understrappers anyhow. A word from the chief is worth a pa a chapter from them. 1
Ma arrived this afternoon & is with us now. s She seems to have come through without extraordinary fatigue. She has a cold which she says has been upon her for a month, & is not worse than usual. Pamela, Mollie Margaret & Sammy got off at Dunkirk at noon, as they came along, & are in Fredonia, now. I am going to write them, presently, to come up & stay over Sunday with us. They will find it unsettled & forlorn in Fredonia just yet.2
I wrote you a [ le little ] note the other day in which I said $50,000 was w more than our land is worth, & I guess it is a deal more. If the man’s [title ] to his property is good, I think I would take it at once, if I were Mellen. I wouldn’t fool away any time about it. Providence will not deliver another lunatic into our hands if we slight this present evidence of his beneficent care for us.3
Ma is wool-gathering fearfully, if I may be so bold. When we were riding up from the cars she said Pamela & Sammy & Margaret got off the cars at Dunkirk today. Afterward, at dinner, about 5 or 6 o’clock, she said they didn’t come on with her & didn’t get off at Dunkirk. Now, an hour later, she says they are coming here, [tonight ], & says she hasn’t mentioned them previously, to-day. She is laughing, & so are we—but what does Pamela think of the joke if she is waiting for an escort now, down yonder at the depot?
We all send love to you & Mollie.
Provenance:see Moffett Collection in Description of Provenance.
Emendations and textual notes:
I • [partly formed]
judgment • [false ascenders/descenders]
le little • leittle
title • titlee [‘tl’ crossed; malformed ‘e’ confused with ‘l’]
tonight • to- | night
would was • wouldas [‘d’ partly formed]
received • receive[d] [torn]
buffalo n.y. • buff [a] n.y  [cut away]