J. M. Daniel to Isaac Hite, June 30, 1847
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Jacksonville June 30th 1847 My Dear Sir Your kind letter was received on Monday, & to show how much pleasure it communicated I answer it on Wednesday. I acknowledge your kindness in the way of letters and other occasions as well as this, but am not so very sure I should have occasion to do so just at this time, had it not been for the pride, and pleasure of a father in having an opportunity to write of his new-born daughter. Truly one might think that Miss Martha Louisa was your first-born. Poor Jacque! her "nose is broken" - that's flat. We wish you both joy - and especially offer gratulations that Sister is doing so well. And truly hope the little lady will e'er long forget that same note of hers, and learn to sing on a softer key. Humph! it had been so long since I had any such Musick in my house I have forgotten how it sounds. Give my love to Jacque - and say I'm glad she is better in health - and that I say to her jump rope, skip, hop - walk, swim, ride - do any thing and every thing in the open air - that is every thing. Never let her sit more than an hour at a time - and avoid the needle, only so far as may be indispensible [sic] to teach her how it ought to be used. Our own [Corry?]