Henry S., age 25, Michigan

Kate did not come today.  I went up to the telegraph office at noon, but there was no word.  I am afraid she is sick, for I was sure she would come today.  I spent a good share of the day in piling up and burning the rubbish in the road on my side.  I hitched Jimmie to the stone-boat and went to the saw mill and got some lumber this afternoon, it made the little fellow puff to pull the load up the hill.  I went over and got 2 loaves of bread, which Mrs. Neill made for me today.  It has been another very warm day.  I do hope Kate will come tomorrow.  I don’t like this suspense.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)