Not sure of year!!!  In envelop addressed to Maria Reed, Meriden, Conn. from Higganum July 2.  Paid 3 [before stamps]


Higganum July 1st /81  [She would not have been Reed in 81]


Dear Maria


Yours of the 29th came to hand yesterday & found us all well—as you calculate to be at home so soon I shall not attempt to write much.  Katherine Kelsey’s western man has been here.  It is expected will take her off forth with.  Mr Hoswell wished to have you make his little girl a bonnet when you get home.  If you have money I think you had better get some blue or pink linen [?] and other ingredient.  He only wants a cheap on for the little girl 3 years old.


Your father has taken the children this evening up to the brick yard as they are a burning.  Gertrude included, Armenia had to stay at home on account of the headache.  They have said it is time to retire..


Friday morning their are those men a fixing the bridge to make it safe against your arrival.  I suppose this will not be worth much without a little money.  You must not spend any more than you can possibly get along with for your Father needs more than he has at present.  I suppose it cost you a little over a dollar to get home.  Good morning with much love in heart.  C.M. Reed


Keep this to yourself.