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Morven 28th August 1840 My Dear Anne I duuly [duly] recd. your kind letter of the 17th July last, and should long ago have replyed to it, but as well then as now I had so little of any thing knew [new] to inform you, I put off from time to time to write untill now, I was very sorry to hear you returnd home so unwell, for I had hoped your trip here would have finally resulted in an agreeable one, and that might have insured you and your good husband with all the little ones to have again visited us at some future day when most agreeable to your selves, for it would allways be pleasing to us, but I well no [know] men of business can not often take such trips, I am glad to hear you all got home safely and had such agreeable company on the way which is allways very pleasant, we have had much sickness among the negroes since you left her[e] and one severe case of feavour, Isabella Kittys daughter of 10. or 12 years old has been confined to her bed for 3 or 4 weeks and is not now able to sit up, tho we we think her on the mend, your sister Elizabeth got so alarmed that she left here three weeks ago for Staunton to pay a visit to Mrs Kenney and returned through Charlotsville [sic] a few days ago, and went on direct to Richmond where I hope she arrived safe last Wednesday night, and found it more healthy in her immenagetion [imagination], she you no [know] has many notions. She has a great desire to visit you again, whether she will be able to accomplish it shortly or not I can not say, but I suppose as the has been so long from home lately [illegible] will not send her shortly, Land did not return as was expected, the the feavour hear [here] alarmed her so much