Bleakwood Newton Co. Texas April 18th 1871
Mr Robert C Russell
To-day is gloomy and raining the wind is blowing very hard from the west the changing elements are taking a segue[?] [illegible] blow out; as the rain falls I will prepar [sic] myself to answer your welcome letter, but how to inlist you will be a mystery to me so I will have to say a few common remarks and sign my signature; I did not think you would miss my letters so I would see if you would look for any, I expect you have half a dozen other correspondent you would as soon read letters from as from I, do you make spicific[sic] lightness of mine Mr Russell; it is not altogether my fault for the mailsides[?] will not come by if the [illegible] if the creek[?] is the least bit raised if you do not get answers to your letters soon as you expect do not think hand is useless it is an unusual[?] delay.
Mag has brought me a cup of coffee, I think she has an idea she will read over my shoulder while I drink.
Mr Russell I must correct that mistake I made in my ast letter it was not Miss Fa___ that Mr[?] H Sandworth[?)]
was going marry; Mrs R Wingate told me Mr H Sandworth[?] was going to marry Miss Lydia Cochrane, it is wispered of Miss F to Mr S Wright; c Mr Russell you naughty boy, so selfish to think I would call you Rob, I do notice how I am to keep from calling you as in my letters but when you came up if you insist[?] calling Miss McFarland then I will try and call you as you wish to her;
There was a young man gave me some photographs and with them he also gave me Miss Maud Hopkin's I think her hand [illegible] tell her I think she has the sweetest smile Maud knows to whom she gave her picture do not tease her,
I am as ignorant of Mr Walter Wingate's lady love as you are Mr Russell, I am very sorry to think that my letters are held in that light to get information for every one else.
Sister Tezzie[?] and Miss Prc Kyle was down Sunday Miss Prc thinks your picture is as handsome; I could hardly keep her from liking it, I must go and get supper then I will finish my letter;
I have come back to my writings to have to write by candle light does not do very well Ma says she is better this morning, I made for the cough syrup you recom
mmended I hope it will ease her cough; Ma is very thankful to you for the kindness you have done for her. Mr Russell, it is a long time until peaches get ripe though nonetheless I shall look for you then. My candle is about to give out, I cannot write longer the clock strikes ten, do not let my short letter prevent you from writing long ones. Please excuse mistakes.
Goodnight Mr Russell, I remain your true friend,
Hale C McFarlane