Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Kate’s thumb gets worse instead of better; she is trying a new kind of poultice tonight, but I am afraid she cannot arrest it.  I received a lot of mail tonight, among which, was a lesson in flourishing from Prof. James of Columbus, O., which I have been practicing tonight.  It is beautiful flourishing and a nice letter with it.  It is a cold clear night and has been a fine day.

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