Allegheny City, March 19, 1855
My Dear sister
You will be delighted to hear that I have received a letter from Dunning written at New Orleans conveying cheering news with regard to his health. He says that he is so much improved in health as to feel that he will ultimately overcome his complaint entirely, at the same time saying that he has suffered a great deal both in body and mind. His letter is full of affection expressed towards us all and of deep feelings on the subject of our dear mother’s death. He hopes to visit us all in the summer, naming in this connection Youngstown, Allegheny City & Philada. Pa’s health has been excellent ever since you left us. I have taken great care to see that he is treated with regularity and system. Biddy is my main stay, and is even a much better girl than I had expected to find her. Margaret is also an excellent girl. I found, for many reasons, that Mrs. Gibson was any thing but an assistance to us, though her intentions for the most part were good. She and Carry, her daughter, have gone home. I get along much better without having any strangers in the house except as servants. I hope dear Mary’s health is firmly established by this time. Mit. is in Philada. With love to all.
Your affectionate brother
Jane sends her love. She is making summer dresses for Marion. Please let me hear for you.