November 14, 1880 Home [?] O'clock eve
I seat myself this sabbath evening to answer your letter with wich [which] I received a long time ago [.] I hope you will forgive me for not writing sooner [.] I have a good many letters to write and have neglected to answer yours.
Well, this was a pretty cold day although it was pleasant for this time of the year [.] We had two shifts of snow but the water is pretty scarse [scarce] here. ...Eph has been driving his cattle a mile every day to water for more than two months. Well I will tell you where I spent today[.] the Dunkards had their Love Feast and I was there last evening to see them washing their feet and
and eating soup today. They had preaching three times. I went up this morning to preaching and this afternoon I was at home.
Charly [Charley] Gull and John was a going to come down to day but they did not come [.] I was up at the Gulls three week ago [.] Mrs. Gull is as lively as ever [.] She says she would like to see you [.] John had went to Iowa in harvest [.] he just got back three weeks ago [.] Willie is still taken music lessons [.] Carrie Burnett is teaching school [.] Mr. Gross is still baching [a batchelor] I saw him at Mr. Gulls three weeks ago [.] he looks as well as ever [.] Henry Lance [Dance?] and Mr. Berryman or my fellow is still baching. O he is not my fellow now. Well enough of this nuisance [.] I will tell you about cousin Johns [.] they have three boys [.] they have a baby a seven weeks old [.] I am a
going there to stay a while as soon as Eph gets through husking corn [.] Well I guess you exspect [expect] to see me back there before this time [.] I don't know for certain when I will come [.] that woman Mrs. Feigler [?] from Crawfordsville, Indiana that was here when you was out here was here three weeks in August and Mrs. Song Ephs sister came along with Eph from Iowa in September and she stayed two weeks [.] Eph is going to Iowa in February to live [.] John is moving here [.] I am very much obliged for your pictures[.] well Sam Statler has left Illinois [.] he was awfull home sick [.] he did not like Illinois [.] well I got a letter from Ann Grove last week and she said that Ambrose had left Fathers [feathers?] and Luther is going to orphan school. Fathers family is geting [getting] small [.]
I would like awfull well to see Sola[.] I exspect [expect] she can talk every thing by this time. Well I will close for this time by saying that I am enjoying good health. Write soon.
from your sister Lizzie Statler
Give my love to you and Elworth
direct to Hudson McSean Co. Ill [Illinois]