Cedar Rapids July 4, 1854
What are you about on this great day of our country? I presume to say you did not go to Middleport. Have you any kind of doings about there? I'll tell you what we are about. Father is sitting in the front door enjoying the pleasant breeze. Mary is on the lounge. Catherine is in the large Rocking chair. James is sitting on the side of the bed. I am at the stand before the bedroom window, etc.
We concluded on the whole we would roast our pig and eat it here. So we had our dinner of roast pig, green peas, new potatoes and other chicken fixing. James invited a poor old gentleman residing in the next house to dine with us. We enjoyed our dinner very much.
The Methodist S. Society has a fair this evening. I presume some of us will go down. The avails of the dinner and fair go towards erecting the Church. They have the foundation and other preparations. The location is a very pleasant one. I am sorry Elder Fillmore's time is out. Sorry for the people for I think but few men can fill the station as Elder Fillmore can.
I have not attended a Quarterly Meeting since I came here. They have all been at a distance except one that was in town. The weather was then very inclement. We did not go. I have heard Elder Bowman preach once. Liked him very much. Oh! How I would have liked to hear Elder Fillmore's sermon to the children. Yes I can see how he looked when he told them how very "honest" they must be.
The lace came very safely. I put it on my bonnet and wore it last Sunday.Idid not mention the quantity for I did not know myself. There was enough and I thank you very much till you are better satisfied. You did not tell me how much the expense was.
I guess you thought rather strange to find some letters for the girls in my last. It was some of my economizing. I wrote to all of the girls at the same time and when we came to put them up the budget was too heavy so I tucked a part in yours.
I have thought of another thing. When you have an opportunity, send my rolling pin that was in the back room, the foot cushion, there is a little book in the kitchen book cupboard that I used to claim, and I have wished for several times as a book of reference, The Mother's Catechism I think.
Father talks of going east this summer but it is so warm at present we do not like to have him start. I saw in the Buffalo Advocate notice of the death of Mr. Curtis Graham of Black Rock, aged 67. I suppose that must be Hannah's father.
But I must close. If I go to the fair James says, "tell them I am well and will write to them some time." The crops are very promising. The winter wheat is nearly ready to cut. Spring wheat is ripening. Oats look beautiful. Some of the corn is higher than James can reach and it is in tassel.
How does Charley get on with his farm or do you not hear anything of him? Has he got that housekeeper yet, he was talking about one evening? I wish Jane Ann much joy with her "Gal boy."
Best wishes for all the friends and neighbors, Sunday school Class, Superintendent, Teachers, Minister, etc.
And now a Good bye till some other time. I have been thinking if Orendo could only leave at this season of the year. Now is the most pleasant time to see the country.
* This letter has been edited slightly to make it more readable for 21st century readers. The challenges of transcribing a 19th century handwritten letter include changes in spelling, punctuation and usage.