|Transcriptions||Nov. 23d '54|
In order to answer all your letters separately I should have to write five letters, to Mother, Mary, Ann, Thomas & John. I would like to do it but hardly think it would be best and so will do as well as I can for each all together, and where to begin is a question. Your letters which left only the same day of the month we did arrived here Nov. 21st and had laid a week at Olympia. That seems quick now but when we get our ocean steamer which we hope for, we shall get them even sooner. Mr. B. had a letter by the last mail from Judge Lancaster, our delegate to Washington. He writes that there is but a bare possibility that the P. M. General will change his purpose and give us the steamer yet.
Mary writes she wishes she could step in some evening. If she were to come in tonight she would find us by a comfortable fire both writing, but we should be very willing to be interrupted by her entrance. Our rainy season has commenced. It has rained almost incessantly for five days and nights, but the most of the time it has been so gentle and accompanied with so little wind that it has not been at all unpleasant. Thomas wants me to write about the indians. I will tell him something that has just happened here and let him form his own opinion concerning the matter. I believe I have written about the men living with the squaws. There was a man bought one from her folks about two years ago and has been living with her ever since just as if she was his
[Continued from bottom of page 4 of letter:]It would be well to hurry matters as much as possible for something might occur to induce the proprietor to raise his prices. he is also in great want of funds and would sell for less than he otherwise would. I enclose Cate's letter in this as they can then both go for the same postage.