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I staid only to get a little over a bad cold & settle household matters for awhile. [??] [Butrick? Bullock?] has come down to give me a protecting wing, I being such a precious old baby as to dread the journey to Providence alone. To my daily surprise I find myself well "settlin in" away from the cares that I have supposed could not get on without me. Isabella and Lina send frequent reports. I know they will take care, even more watchfully than if I were at home to have the responsibility.

Poor Minnie needs me very much. All who know her express sincere sympathy. I can never forget the tenderness shown her in so many delicate & thoughtful ways by her husband's family, but she could not [now?]