Morganton, N.C.
Jan. 28th, 1878   My Dear Capt.,

Keen indeed was my disappointment at not seeing you on Saturday, for despite your doubts of the 17th, I was still the eager expecter of this long looked for pleasure.

Yet I'm glad you did not prove unfaithful to the trust your clients reposed in you, much as I wanted to see you and talk over my plans for our future. I'm glad you acted right as I feel assured you did. I'd told Col. Tate I was expecting you, and Clande could chatter of nothing but her "feet heart." Yes it was all for the best for on Sunday Sissie, Clande, Mande and Little Sam woke peppered with measles and I've not had an hour I could call my own since till now and I give it to he who has my heart. I did want you to find a letter when you reached home, but with this house full of sick folks, Col. Tate and I are kept "on the wing." Oh! he is a dear, kind, tender man. If ever a woman was blessed with a husband it's Sissie. He is as tender as a woman and at the same time is the head of his house.

I've so much to say that I hardly know how to begin, but as I'm to see you so soon I'll defer the pleasure.

Dr. Moran has left us for a position in the Army. We miss him no little. He has been an inmate of our household for three years and I'll ever remember his kindness and tenderness to my darling mother with gratitude.

Give my very best love to both of your sisters. I do trust Miss Anna is now quite well. Write and tell me what are your plans, that is if you don't come up after your court is over. I'm tired and sleepy too so must beg you to excuse my erratic incoherent chat and in return send me a good long letter to compensate for your not coming.

Sissie and the little folks are all better tonight and I hope to be well in a short time. God bless you. Yours L.P.

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