slc/mt farmington avenue, hartford.
Elmira, July 29.
My Dear Bro:
We had a delightful visit with Ed Brownell, up he who was one of the best boys in Keokuk in my day, & one of the smartest, taking rank, in [ bu ] precocious business talent, with the precocious & surprising oratorical talent shown by Billy Clagett & Billy Dickson. Dixon.1 Its Ed’s visit had but one fault—it was too short. I usually hate any man, friend or foe, who comes up on the hill, but I would have been glad to have Ed here for a [ wr weeek ] if we had had house room & he the time to spare. - - - - - - - - And now at this moment cometh the photographer to make a lot of views of my study & the distant city—& it is a faultless, cloudless day, & he will have good success no doubt.2
Two or three times the baby has threatened to wink out like a snuffed candle, at 5 minutes notice; & each times the trouble was laid to prepared food, & the same discarded & a wet nurse employed——& each time the wet nurse went dry or something happened.— We have fled to wet nurses four times & to-day we are after two others down town. Livy is about worn out; the present wet nurse is pumped out; & my profanity is played out—for it no longer brings healing & satisfaction to the soul.3
Our love to Mollie.
It begins to be almost questionable, as things look, now, whether we can visit mas as soon as we expected.
Provenance:see Moffett Collection in Description of Provenance.
Emendations and textual notes:
bu • bu ǀ
wr weeek • [wreeek [‘r’ partly formed]]
n. y. jul 31 • [n y jul 31] [badly inked]