June 19th 1862


To Clarinda from Peter at home in Utica.  “Oh I have been so lonesome.  Since you and the little ones are gone I hardly know what to do…Every one who meets me says why Pete whats the matter.  Why  you look [choopfallen] enough, is your old woman gone with both the babies, what makes you look so lonesome.” Both families are well.  Gardening, set out nearly a hundred cabbage plants.  Playing fiddle.  Notes about Jerry Mullin and his wife.  “… they have caught that young scapegrace Alex Lyons while trying to make his escape on board a vessel in Toronto Canada west.”  Not going to circus without her. Sorry she is near out of money, will try to send some.  “My work is just the same as it was and old Hill and the [musk rats] wants some just now… Tell Ida the rats has not eat pa clear all up and kiss her for me and Willie to and Clara oh take care of them for my sake  Had supper with Jones and slept down to mothers one night.