May 11th, 185-
I was so thrilled to receive your letter and invitation. I accept with great pleasure and excitement the invitation that you have so obligingly sent, and you may expect me on the evening coach in Denton on September 30th.
We are praying that your father's work will prosper, and that your family will have peace about your living situation in town. I know from experience that living in the middle of a big town is not very pleasant.
My brother John was doing well when he wrote his last letter, which was on April 17th. He has finally completed the building of his new ranch house, and from his descriptions of it it is a very large, handsome house. His new foreman seems to be a very godly young man, and dependable in his work. John says that he will be shipping off two-hundred cattle by the 18th of June, and Rusty and Jim-bob will be going with them to make sure they arrive in Utah safely.
I am going to send him your letter, as he has asked me to tell him all about your move, and I thought that your letter would tell it better than I ever could.
Yes, those were dear old days! Poor John! but I don't think that he regrets any of the old romps we had, or the mischief that we got in to.
From what you have said about your pastor, he sounds like a very godly man, and you must like him very much. does he live near your family?
Mamma is calling me in to supper now, so I had better go.
With much love,