In haste. Ill.
Jacksonville, Jan. 20th 1848
My Dear Sir:
I resume my pen to write a short epistle to you. I have anxiously looked for a letter from. you since you left Jacksonville, by not writinig I think you have forgotten Jacksonville and all the folks that are in it but I think there is one in it who has not forgotten you. I was out at Buena Vista at the appointed time and. heard the lecture delivered by the Rev. Mr. Daugherty of that place, I had a very pleasant visit but I would have enjoyed it more if you had been there. Dougherty told me he was a going to write you on Monday. I expect he gave you a full detail of all the proceedings. I have had my studying cap on ever since you was here but I have not got it entirely off yet. Oh! my friend you must not think hard if I take the liberty to ask you what your intentions are concerning this matter that you have been waiting for me to answer. It is my wish if I reject the other not to remain in Jacksonville any length of time. Since your last visit your conversation and proposals to me has not been erased. from my mind. I shall look for an answer the first of next week. You must write if you have to write it on the anvil in the shop. Pardon me if I have done amiss by being so explicit on the time of getting married and leaving Jacksonville.
Tis To Thee.|
1. Tis to Thee my heart is turning
Though the eye be cast aside,
Tis for thee bright thoughts are burning
Though to speak the lips denied.
2. Though a look of love-like seeming,
Though a word of tender tone,
From the eye or lip be beaming,
Every pulse is thine alone.
Days of absence long and dreary,
Him that I love is far away.