Placerville, Idaho Territory
Wednesday, September 1, 1869
My Dear Father & Mother,
I have your photographs your (letter) I ( ) some time ago. The Tin Can sent by express friend Haslam kept it for some time so as to be sure of no mistake. I am well pleased with them think they are very (natural) of ( ) some of them I would not know but they are just a ( ) to me as though I could recognize every feature. I think your own are very life like. Uncle Rightious & Aunt Fanny god bless them how I would like to see them the balance of the family (James, Jane) is really the only one that I can trace in features. I (am) ( ) & Betty I imagine I can see a little trace but it is enough to know that they are all my cousins & I like them all & hope ( ) be able to prove it some of these days. Let me know how many of them are married
_________ much obliged to (Elijalim) for her _________ ( ) & will return her one of ours _________ (Jane) looks (gay) I think she has grown _________ (John) & wife are calculated to make _________ ( ) of there photographs don’t (flatter) _________ but Thomas he is the boy (if) he is as good as he looks. I am proud of him. I got a letter from Father Potts the other day Him & mother I suppose have been to see you before this. I wrote Brother James the other day and sent him some money which I hope he got. He will (app ) you of the (contents). We are well. Our little boy is doing well. We have very little to do but play with him as the cattle market is very (dull). I shall have (nothing) but cattle now. I sold my farm last spring and bought my partner part of the cattle so I am going in alone. If I have as good luck this winter as I have (her____) I am all right, but I have (moved) them all at (stake) but it is all right _____ bound to make money at least
I always think so (if) that is so_________ consolation. I have been thinking ______ fifteen years but been ( ) for fifteen times I will now close__________ I can assure you it is a (hard)__________ for me to ( ) I am fit for ( ) but riding sound in the mountains ( ) cattle now a days. I wish you could see me and my wife with our little son start (of) from the house as we frequently do. Me ( ) the ( ) ( ) of us a house back going five or six miles in the hills to see some of the (flock) she gets tired staying at home all the time so I have to take her along. She is a very good horseback rider. I will now close & may god bless you all ( ).
Remember your affectionate Son & daughter,