19, 21 March 1854
Tuesday morning -
Austin - I had'nt time to finish my note Sunday night - I shall do so now - Received your note last evening, and laughed all night till now - You must not be so facetious - It will never do. Susie was here when the note arrived, and we just sat and screamed. I shall keep the letter always. Marcia is here this morning - the work goes briskly on -
We are almost beside ourselves with business, and company - "Lysander" has not yet been called- Emmons spent Friday evening here. I went with Cousin John last evening to call on Sue - stayed till most 11 - and had a splendid time - Sue seemed her very finest - She sends this little note.
Was at Mr Dwight's yesterday - they had a great deal to say about you and Susie and how happy Vinnie and I must be to have such a beau[tiful sister?]
We had two letters from Father last night - one to mother and one to me - I shall telegraph to him soon! Charlie sings every day - Everybody admires him - You must tell Aunt Lavinia -
How did Mr Bourne bear the announcement that both the black eyes were disposed of? It must have been quite a shock to him. Mrs Noyes has gone home - Helped us a great deal - Cenith has just arrived, so between her and "Judah" and Marcia and Miss Cooly, I guess the folks will go - Cousin John is going to stay here at night when they are away, and wants to know quite eagerly "when it is to come off." I am glad you have got settled and are not afraid of ghosts. You must have pleasant times with Clark.
We all send our love to you - Wont you write soon about John White - He is anxious to know, and Mrs Mack wants very much to have him come in there. Good bye Austin - Great hurrah - Remember us always to Clark -