already written directions to Francis. I think it is very important for your comfort, that your own house should be ready for you.--we do not regard scuffling but a crowded log house would not do for you. dearest mother how I long for you arrival & how delighted I shall be to have a home once more--even if L. and myself fix in Tallahassee, we shall be with you some part of every week and I promise myself great pleasure in having once again a place of our own. Papa will be delighted with the lands here.
-- We lost our poor cow at last. after traveling so far and really improving on the way, she was unlucky enough to fall into a hole in passing one of the swamps, & was too much hurt that she did not live 24 hours after. we were very sorry for her. --the teams are in excellent order. -- all the servants are except William & he is much better. For ourselves -- Elizabeth & Mary are perfectly well & in excellent spirits -- Francis and Arthur the same, & the children perfectly delighted. I am mending & shall soon be strong again I hope.
God bless you dear Mother, & all of you my beloved ones. God only knows how entirely my happiness & my very existence is bound up with yours.
ever the same
Love to all friends in Lynchburg. -- tell Lucy to bring out a store of ink powders, quills and corset laces, & a supply pf good drawing paper, crayons & paints. these she must get from Richmond.