Hickman's Milles, Mo.
Feb. 22, 1886
My darling Nancy,--
Six weeks have flown since your dear letter was received. Ah how old time flies! I wish I could persuade him to rest sometimes, and then again I desire him to go on his course as rapidly as possible; it is well for us that we can not hasten or delay his flight. Just think dear old girl, of four years ago last night, of yours and Lute's escapade to the Baker's, the changes that have taken place since then; if I could only be the same happy girl I was then. Oh Nan! I often think of those happy days and long for their return, but alas! that can never be. I think it is much better that we cannot see the bitter disappointments and trials that the future has in store for us, for we would never have the courage to face them and as it is they are here before we are aware of their existence and we have to grin and bear them as best we can. Well enough of that. I will tell you the reason I haven't written sooner, I have been very busy preparing for the last day of school, which came off last Wed. the house was crowded and all expressed themselves as being highly entertained, I was very proud of my pupils, they acquitted themselves very well indeed; they presented me with the Autograph Album as a token of remembrance; it always make me sad when the last day arrives, and the time comes to say that sad old word good-by, for I know there are some I'll never see again. I am really uneasy about you for you know if people get to be so awfully good they can't live. I wish I was that good. I want you to be sure and let me know when that fellow breaks over and I'll be sure and help to eat the candy. I guess you are quite anxious for him to smoke. I believe I'd send him some cigars. I am so glad the gossips were mistaken for I don't want to lose my Nancy yet awhile. I can scarcely wait for summer to come for oh Nan! I do want to see you so bad, when I get you I am going to keep you all summer. Your little namesake gets cuter and sweeter each day, she will be at her sweetest when you come, I am at my Sister's (Mrs. Colgan's) now don't know how long I'll remain, it is owing a good deal to circumstances, if I can get a spring term of school I will have to leave in two or three weeks. Isn't this delightful weather? I do enjoy it so much. I was so tired of mud and cold it seems such a relief to get out doors without freezing to death. I declare we have had some of the coldest weather I ever felt, and there has been so much suffering among the poorer classes, I do hope on their account as well as for others that there will not be such bitter weather again. Well Nan, I must close for I have several others letters to write, I haven't answered any letters for so long, I just owe every body one. Give my very best love to Miss Lida. Sister sends love. Now Nan, do write immediately. Receive very much love for yourself from
Yes, Lute told me she visited you and enjoy it so much no one could keep from loving her, she is so sweet, she is very much in love with your family and your home. Dear me how sorry I am for your broken heartedness in regard to Mr. Humphreys. I think though that it will heal with out much trouble. If I were you and couldn't get over it, I'd send her some dynamite, that will fix her all right. I am glad to hear that you are going to be so good this year and then I think perhaps I haven't performed my duty as I should have done and have not had the patience that I should have had. I was thrown from a horse that evening while returning to my boarding place and had my knee sprained, it was nothing serious, is about well now. I attended a social party for pound parties as we call that might. I had such a nice time. We have had more parties this winter than ever before, and we have enjoyed them more, all are pound parties, each one take a pound of something and by that means we just had excellent suppers.