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Lonesome Hollow
June 21st 1861

Dear Cousin,

In compliance with thy very modest request that I should
write to thee a third time without receiving any answer I have
commenced the task of doing so though I must tell thee I felt
disappointed at not hearing from thee yesterday

Before thee receives this thee will no doubt have had the
lecture much better described to thee than it is possible for
me to do but if thee will promise me not to be too vain of
thy ------ [his mark], I will feel as if I must tell thee how
much pleased I was with the whole performance. The lecture
lasted exactly 48 minutes. The audience was large and very
quiet and attentive. The subject of the lecture was principally
Henry Clay [written larger] as the most illustrious
patriot and statesman we are acquainted with. The delivery
was much better than I had even hoped for there being no hesitation
whatever, every one I heard speak of it was very much
pleased, and one person remarked that some of his passages
were equal in eloquence to those of the illustrious character
he was describing.

If thee has any faith in my sincerity thee may take what
I have written as my honest opinion of the success of the
undertaking. Anna and I went up on horseback and came home
again last night in spite of many invitations to stay in the
neighbourhood all night. We did not do so to be contrary as
thee may think but it was such a beautiful moonlight night
we felt like coming on.

We are expecting Charley and Sarah Stabler to spend the
day with us and thereby fulfill a promise of long standing, so
thee sees some of our friends will make the effort to come so
far if other some do not, but perhaps I ought not to urge thy
coming as I hope the greater part of thy future 1ife will be
spent down here. The last talked of building site is much
nearer to us than any before thought of and I hope it may be
found the most advantageous for in this out of the way place
we should be very near and dear to each other.

I summoned up all my courage and forced myself up to
speak to Mary G L [written large] last night. I have felt
some hesitation as to whether it was my place to do so, but
regardless of any rules of etiquette that may exist in the
case I felt that it was my duty to make this advance. It
has been four months since I saw any of the family to speak
to them.

Please remember mo very particularly to thy cousins, and
remember me as ever thy devoted friend

R. B. Farquhar

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