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            Lancaster : Feb' 5th 1870


Bettie dearest I had intended returning

"good for evil" & giving you an early reply to

your long-looked-for missive, but I am such

a very busy little mortal these days, I can

scarcely find time to take a pen in my

hand : No one except a ministers wife

herself imagines the many demands upon

her time & attention; & then too I have

something quite new to keep heart & hands

full now of which you have not yet heard

I expect:


That sweet sacred name Mother is

mine now dear Bettie & I have just the

dearest & prettiest little babe that any

parent ever was blessed with : A blue-

eyed little daughter; a blended likeness