21 November 1853
I should have written you long ago, but I tho't you would certainly come Saturday, and if I sent a letter, it w'd not get to you. I was so glad to get your letter. I had been making calls all Saturday afternoon, and came home very tired, and a little disconsolate, so your letter was more than welcome.
I felt sorry I did not write again, when I found you were not coming home, and w'd look for a line on Friday, but you must'nt feel disappointed, Thanksgiving will come so soon.
Oh Austin, you dont know how we all wished for you yesterday. We had such a splendid sermon from that Prof Park - I never heard anything like it, and dont expect to again, till we stand at the great white throne, and "he reads from the book, the Lamb's book." The students and chapel people all came, to our church, and it was very full, and still - so still, the buzzing of a fly would have boomed like a cannon. And when it was all over, and that wonderful man sat down, people stared at each other, and looked as wan and wild, as if they had seen a spirit, and wondered they had not died. How I wish you had heard him. I thought of it all the time, and so did Sue and Vinnie, and father and mother spoke of it as soon as we got home. But - it is over. Sawyer spent last evening here, but I was at meeting, and had only an opportunity to bid him Good night as I came in.
I suppose that Thanksgiving party is to take place as surely as any stated Fast, and it is quite as cheerful, as those occasions to me. It will have to happen this year, but we wont go again. I know it is too bad, but we will make the best of it, and from this time henceforth, we'll have no more to do with it.
No Austin - you're very kind, but there is nothing more we shall want you to do for us than we have spoken of. I wish you might come sooner, but come just as soon as you can -
Susie is all worn out sewing. She seems very lonely without you, and I think seems more depressed than is usual for her. I am so glad you are coming. I think a great many things need you. I will write no more - We shall soon see you, and can say all we please - Remember us to Mr Clark cordially - Take care of yourself, and get here early Wednesday.