Newton Newton Co Texas April 1881
Mrs Kate C Russell
I recieved your letter the first day that I was allowed to get out of bed, for twelve days. I had to stay in bed, I wrote to you a bout my suffering so with my back I thought it was cold but for a bout six weeks I was threatened with abor sion, and finely on the eve of twelveth of March I miscarried with twin girls at six months, I do not know the cause unless it was an over supply of water that had accumulated. Oh I suffered I was so large and felt like I would burst open, and looked like it too. one was a live when born. One still born. I think it was dead sever al days before confinement. I never felt them move but very little at any time, I do wish I had had good luck with them, two little girls and they were perfectly formed & so prettie
[Cross text at top of page] The health of The family is good only colds Mr Smith has had a hard time lately with cold and light chills and fevers but he is getting well now. I was uneasy about him he did look so badly, I wrote to Brother But has not answered so I bid him adieu he has not written to me since I have been married and he told Mr Smith to tell me to write and I did, but I will never do it again unless he writes to me and I can tell him so.
to ride but he did not come back Well Kate Mr Smith is going to get ready to move west next winter I think I shall go with him this summer to build if he goes. he says I can go down to see you now any time so you can rest assured that I will be down to see you some time before forever, if life is spared and I would like for you to let me know What to wear and how to wear it, allso childrens costumes
I am nearly wild to go down to see you Henry says tell Cecile & May that he has four prettie kittens, and he has a great deal to tell if I had space, Tom can talk very well) you must write and let me know if you was jokeing or not about one thing you know what.
Our love to Bob & all of you, write often, your affectionate Sister Maggie Smith
thick black hair not any longer than dolls yet one was a great deal larger than the other.
I was taken with no one here only a Negro woman that never had any experience in the matter but she did the work well. Mr Smith was feeding the stock and Katy could not leave me to go after him, he got the Dr here in a little while well in about two hours. I pray to god that I may never have two such hours to endure again. The AfterBirth was more painful to discharge than the babes, I am all right now well I was not sick any at any time only I had to take care of my self well that is enough of that do not let Bob see this, It looks like the cold weather will never cease we have no vegetables yet. Oh yes I am so sorry you lost your cows, I do not know any thing about your cow at Eds only that she had a calf and was very thin, Ed was here last Monday night but I had a good deal to attend to and did not get to talk much and I thought he would spend the week here of nights that is, and he has not been back since, I do not know what to think of it we offered him a horse