Bleakwood, Newton Co Texas Apr 28th 1871.
Mr. Robert E Russell, Esteemed Friend There has been some time passed since I rec_ your letter of the sixteenth surely you must think me a very slow correspondent; I have put off writing untill [F]riday and I willl have to hurry or not make a very long sloppy letter as things done in a hurry is never done well I must write you some this much for it will be a long time be fore that privilege is granted again;
Today will be the announcement of the quarterly meet[t]ing at Wilem's Chapel I have no idea it would do me any good if I was to go: so I will stay aat home and try to be better if I can I will answer some of your questions by asking a favor do you think ^that if [illegible] would [illegible] till, aught I to do so, and I think I would be [illegible] for her
picture; well Mr Russell I have been thinking to give my picture [illegible] to miss get^ting only more long letters, Now I do not [illegible] think that quite fair; so it would be almost impossible to get my picture I have none but what you have ^seen (and the originial is not very good) so do not short [illegible] your letters on that account, there is artist living eight miles of here I have never seen any of his taking probably you are acquainted with him, his [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] Saxon[?}
Jim asked me if Mas cough was any better; every since she has been taking that tar Syrup her cough has been getting better. I am in hopes [illegible] many ^[illegible] she will be cured of her cough.
Mr Russell I did not think you would remember what I said when you was up [illegible] way [illegible] at things but she wont say I told her anything: if I wrote any things in my last letter to offend you I did not mean to ^do so I have often heard of the [illegible] Wintzell but have not had the pleasure
of their acquaintances I have told all of the news I can think of and have not told any either
I expect this will do untill there is four weeks; if I write any oftiner they ^will tease me to much;. I would be glad to see a letter from you soon Ma joins me in regards to all the family. I remain a true friend of yours allways Kate. C. McFarland,
P.S. please not to show this to any one