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Mr Thomas Russell T. Strafford County New Hampshire
April the 11th 1831Harrison Township Darke County Ohio
I takethis opportunity to inform you of our welfare wishing the same blefsing of health and prosperity.we all are in a general state of health. at present providence has placed us a great distance from each other, but I trust our affections remains the same. if we cannot meet together Down below we have a great privledge in writing to communicate there affections to each other. it has been a long time since we parted but thanks to to God for his mercy that has preserved, our being through the varoyous scenes of life, we are very anxious to hear from you to know how it has been with you since I saw you. we want to hear if mother is a living, if she is I wish it was in my power see her again I would have a long story to relate to her.I have a great desire to see you all again and to have the sweet pleasure of conversing with each other I have many things to write but time and paper will not admit, but I will give you a short catalogue ofour affairs whitch may perhaps be satisfaction to you. we have four children Moses Casmon Leonard Simeon is there names. Moses and Casmon is married a doing very well moses is a carpenter Casmon is a potter. we have lost one since we moved to the Ohio, four weeks old, the first year we come, I have been very sickly since I come till a year and a half a go. I have had some considerable sicknefs in my family.we have had many ups and downs thoug,like a ship on the sea, but the close of the voyage is close at hand and I would wish to make a happy port and meet all my friends beyond this stormy world.I was very discontented at first but I knew the country was good.I wanted my native friends a long with me. we are in comfortable circumstances, for a living brother Moses Harriman and his family lives at the Wabash a hundred and sixty miles from hear and doing very well for a living. it is the most richest part of the country we live among some of our(?) people and not far from Mr. Dollars folks I wish you wouldwrite a letter and write the affairs of the people and send it by Mr Dollar folks. I must conclude my letter by saying my ink is pale(?) and my pen is poor I remain your affectionate sister until death.