[on stationery with an engraved vignette of Southern University]
Dear Genl [John Hartwell Cocke]
We are all well
at present except Carter's wife
and she has increased her family.
Carter has been sick a while
back but is getting well
again. Tee also has been a
little sick, but is getting well,
He is at home at work, at
present. We have finished
picking cotton at Hopewell
sometime ago, and finished
at New Hope the 11th inst.
There are three of the grafts
living and all those layers
that we set out next to the
lot are living. The pigs in and out of
the garden are living & growing.
Stock of all kinds looking
well. We are Plowing in the
Evans field. The mares are in
good order & work well every
time we work them. The colts
are in very good order.
Fancy mare, I know is in
foal. I think it doubtful
about the others.
I was very sorry indeed to hear
the death of your son Genl P. Cocke
I received a letter from Uncle R
Saturday he will be down Thursday
I am still going to the University
Nickles is well. I hope to hear
from you soon. Yours respectfully
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The goats are all living & doing well, we
have three kids