Bismarck July 14 1879
Your welcome letter is at hand was glad to hear from you hoping to find you all well as this leaves us at present I am sory to hear that you are so lonesome but as it is you must try and pass the time away that best you can for a little while I think I shall send after you in about a month I like the place very much there is a nice church and Sisters and Schools and every thing to make it pleasant I think I shall live 3 miles from town we cant sell all our cattle for they are to young we are making from ten to fifteen dollars on every one we sell and besides it is the best place for cattle we seen yet If I keep half of them till spring I can make 12 hundred dollars on the trip I am glad we didant stop at Jim river for this is so much better I am glad you went to the picknick you should try to enjoy your self I am in a bad fix for my clothes I wouldnt care only I have so many old fiends here and it looks bad for me I was up and had along talk with the priest last night he is a fine man and things this will be a large city
I Stop with John Hilger when I am in town they are very kind and doing well he has a fine garden and sold a lot of potatoes and onions for 3 dollars a bushel yesterd the crops are Splendid here but there not many farmers yet the most of them raise cattle butter is worth 25 and 30 cts a pound but the people are too lazy to make it they let the calves have it all tell your Mother I will make a present of that heifer to her and about My Mare I ant afrad of loosing her for I know she wasnt stolen I forgot to tell you before I was much pleased with Philip on the trip let me know what John is doing
A person can leave here in the morning and and be home the next day at 10 o clock if I dont come down for you you can have a fine visit with your friends in St Paul before you come you get on in the evening and come here the next evening without changing cars If I go down it will cost me 50 dollars to make the trip and it is a good deal
Hoping to hear from you soon I will close in Sending My Love to all the folks and a Kiss to Yours Self Your Loving Husband
I wish you were here I am tired cooking
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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