At Home Jany 23rd 1861
My Dear Eudora
Your last letter to Willie of the 6th Inst. was recd a few days ago. We are all well & going on about as usual nothing of special interest going on the vicinity. We have a continuation of cold, wet weather. It is now damp & cold & looks like raining almost every hour. We had only 3 or 4 Pleasant days as yet in this month. All your friends in Town are well. Your Uncle Hardgrove is gone over to La. to see his Son John & will probably stay 5 or 6 weeks. Our Convention is still in Session & will probably remain for sometime, as they have now organise [sic] a new Government. Business is very dull & money is harder to get than it has been for 10 or 12 years & no one can tell when times will get better. Some are predicting Civil War & Some think there will not be any - time only can decide. But war or no war, we all will have to be Taxed high to raise money to Arm the State & pay the ordinary expenses of the Government. Florida, Ala, Ga, Mi & S Carolina have already seceded & La & Texas & perhaps Arkansas will, very soon.
Mr. Windley wishes to be remembered to you & often inquires after your health & success in studies &c H.