9 June 1853
I got your letter - I delivered the one to Sue. Jerry stood ready to act at moment's notice, and all was as you wished, but Sue thought not best, so I suppose you'll receive a telegraphic despatch, and Susie and I shall not see you this evening.
Your letter troubled me a good deal for a moment, I tho't something dreadful had happened; you were about to be killed and were coming to bid us Goodbye, or something of the kind, but I know the whole now.
Whenever you want help, Austin, just call on Jerry and me, and we will take care of you, and perhaps we'll help a little. I hope you wont trouble yourself about any remarks that are made - they are not worth the thought of - certainly not the care for. Dont mind them. Nobody'll dare to harm dear Susie, nobody'll dare to harm you. You are too far from them; dont fear them. I hope the hair is off - you must tell me about it as soon as you write again, and write us soon. We are pretty well now. I rode with Emmons last evening, and had a beautiful ride. New London is coming today, but I dont care, I dont think folks are much. I do wish you were here. Dear Austin, now remember not to care for these foolish things, for they cant reach Sue.
Love from us.