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Chappel Hill Feb. 4th 1850

Dear Sister Jane, I have no good excuse to offer to you for my
long negligence in writing to you more than for the last year
I have been very much pressed with business indeed I have had
not time for writing to any of my friends or relatives. I can only
promise that in future to make amends for my past negligence
I will be more communicative and I am sure you will hear from
me more frequently than you have in times past. It is so long since
you have seen me that I know you are anxious to know something
about what I have been doing. Well dear sister I will tell you.
To commence with I suppose I look very much as I did when you
saw me last more than six years ago. Only that six years has made
me look a little older. And the care of six years buffeting with
the world may have changed my countenance from the wild
boy which I used to be the thoughtful expression of a man.

When I returned to Texas it was my intention to go back
again to California, but mother and sisters Mary & Emeline being
here they convinced me to remain in this country. I liked the
climate &c. here very much and concluded to settle here,
I am merchandising in this village, Sister Mary lives 12 miles
from here, on a plantation, & Emeline whom you knew had
married again lives here and mother lives with her. I am
boarding with her. I am building a house near here and
shall live in it as soon as it is finished. I was married on
the 20th of December last, to one of the best, and most amiable
girls I ever saw and I only wish you could see how happy we
are together, we are boarding with sister Emeline, but shall

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