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          Poughkeepsie N. York
          October 22d 1861

From Neds old black
nurse "Aunt Abby" [in Susan's handwriting]

My dear Mrs. Dickinson -

     Could I sit down +
scratch off letters as easily as you + Mrs. Cogges-
hale[?] can. I assure [added: you,] your last kind letter
would by no means, have remained so long
unanswered. (+ the same I can say of the
young ladies)- but between the letters Miss Julie[a?]
has to write for herself + those to my children
she is kept pretty busy in her leisure moments.
I was very much pleased with your kind
letter, + was so glad to hear about him +
Mrs. Coggeshale[?] is as impatient + anxious
to hear from him as I am - I long to know
how he gets along - Whether he has grown

fat + whether he can laugh + play yet?
     Our baby is 8 weeks old to-morrow, + is as
fat as a little butter ball, which she has
been ever since she was born. I should
dearly love to take her + run[?] in + introduce
her to Jacky -      I feel anxious also
to hear Mrs. Dickinson, what kind of a girl
you have, for I have so many many times
thought of you + wondered how you were
situated, whether you had to be much con-
fined with Jacky or not?      I know the young
ladies help you a great deal with him, for
they must love the little fellow very much -
     I think very often of the young ladies +
shall never forget their many little kindnesses
to me - I am glad they had so pleasant a
visit away this Summer - I wish they would
remember "poor old Aunt Abby" often in the
way of a little note occasionally - I really
fell in love with them -      How do Bridget
+ the four cats get along now? Please give
much love to Bridget for me + a kind regard

to "Tobey" if still alive - I do'nt see Bridget's
marriage in the paper, so infer she is
still with you.      I do not know
hardly where I shall be this winter _ I
wrote to Mrs. Bowles some time since, asking
her if she knew of any one who wished a nurse
if she would, be kind enough to interest her-
self in my behalf but as yet have not had
an answer - If I do not get a place there
shall remain some time after leaving here
with my daughter in Yonkers[?] who is anx-
ious to have me go there. Should I return
to Springfield, shall not forget my promise to
run[?] up and make you all a call - Please
remember me with all respect to Mrs Dick-
inson and the ladies - I don't forget their kind
remembrance + [?], all of them. I hope
Mr Dickinson has left the corner far behind
as Miss Anna or Miss Clara wrote "he had got
round it". A kind remembrance to him + many
to yourself, if you please - It would afford me
a great deal of pleasure to hear from you or

H bMS Am 1118.95, Box 9

from the young [added: ladies], for I am more than anxious
to know how you all are + whether you ever
give a stray thought to your old nurse
          "Aunt Abbie"

p.s. Please remember me kindly to Mrs. Cutter[?]
+ her dear little children, also the old lady
that first nursed the baby - I cannot get the
name right - Am glad to hear she has a
granddaughter - Will you be kind enough when
you write to let me know how your sister is
who lost her baby? I hope she has got over the
shock it gave her -

[upside down at bottom of sheet in Susan's hand:]
Neds first
nurse -

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