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)