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Logan, Hocking County, Ohio

July 6th, 1872

Dear son and daughter, it is with pleasure I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I received your kind and welcome letter of June the 9th, and was truly glad to hear from you and that you was all well and doing with a thing.  That I am happy to hear for I do know that you always work hard enough to do well.  You must excuse me for not writing sooner for I have been afflicted very much this spring with my legs so that I could not work more than one fourth of the time.  Your letter found us as well a we commonly are and are at this time, although

I have hard spell this week, but are well today with the exception of my legs.  I do hope when these few lines come to hand, they may find you still in the enjoyment of good health and doing well.  We have had a late spring here though corn looks well now considering the droth meadows are very light here.  The farmers are just commencing to cut wheat.  The crop is very poor.  There is not a half crop and the worst is a great many will not get as much as they sowed.  William thinks that he will come to see you this fall and to look at the country.  I had thought that I would come out there and see you all, but I fear I can't now as my legs still get worse and no prospect of ever

getting well.  I believe all of the friends in these parts is well at this time as far as I know.  I got a letter from Lib last Saturday.  They are well and doing well.  They live in Circleville.  I also got one from Catharine last Saturday.  They are all well and doing well.  I have not heard from Jane for some time.  They was well at last account and had planted one hundred acres of corn.  Felber was to see us and stayed all night.  When he started away he gave me five dollars.  You wanted me to give you Samuel's address.   His address is Ashley, Morrow County, Ohio.

Well, as I have no news that would be interesting to you at this time and I am getting tired writing for this is my fifth letter today, I will close by sending you our love and best wishes.  Farewell.  Write Soon.

From James and Mary Bond to John and Elizabeth Bond

Farewell for awhile