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Austin, August 19th 1866.

Little Honey
I have received both of your letters, one of the 5th and the other of the 12th, and can assure you that they gave me great pleasure, particularly the one last mentioned. I am so glad Little Darling, and feel so much relieved to hear that you and the little ones are well. I can't say that I regret having been elected a Member to the Legislature, however much I may regret being away from you; for the reason that I think the purposes and objects for which I came here will be accomplished, and partly through my help, and there is no doubt but that it will require the united efforts of every member here, by whom views similar to my own are entertained, to bring about this result. I can only say that, so far as my individual feelings are concerned, I most cordially, sincerely and intensely agree with you in your proposition never to leave home again to be absent more than one week. I feel perfectly certain that I will carry out the programme fully hereafter, except in the event of an absolute necessity to the contrary. I have but little news to write you, as I know you would not be interested in Legislative proceedings. An "Inaugural Ball" on a larger scale was given here on Friday night last. I received a complimentary ticket, and, as a matter of course, through politeness had to attend. Judge Yarbro & myself went together, looked on about two hours and left. There were a large number of ladies present, some of them quite handsome, a much larger portion ordinary, and some intensely ugly. Ladies here dress in very handsome style, and I saw only a very few whose dresses were too low about the shoulders. I noticed one however, who I was informed was as respectable as any in the place, whose dress was absurdly, in fact, indecently low; nearly all of her bosom exposed, and one could see, very plainly, between her arms and her body. If she could have heard only a small portion of the remarks made about her, I am satisfied that the next public place she attended she would have more of her body covered up. I was introduced to only two ladies, wives of Members to the Legislature and did not dance at all. I am still boarding at the hotel, and have very pleasant rooms off with Yarbro & Tzrus, but expect, as soon as the month is out, to go to a private house, if I can find suitable accommodations. There is a good deal of sickness among the members and one, a Mr Gwinn of Angelina County, a member of the Senate, died on last Friday. The disease generally is, what is called, congestion of the bowels. A good deal of apprehension is felt about the Cholera, which, if it does come will create an immediate and general stampede. My health is perfectly good, and as this congestion of the bowels has somewhat the appearance of cholera, and might very easily turn into that disease, I have concluded to be extremely careful in my mode of living. Unless the Cholera or something else of the kind, breaks out, I am inclined to think that the session will be a very long one - three months or thereabouts. There was some talk at first of adjourning for the present and returning to complete the session during the winter months. I was very much opposed to this; for however much I may, and do, desire to be at home, and to see you & the children, I would much rather get through with the business now, and be done with it, than to have to be away from home the greater part, if not all, of the next winter. The opposition, however, to the movement was so strong, that it was dropped and will, probably, not be again renewed. I am very much in favor of the visit which you propose to Mrs Cleveland, and hope, if you have not already done so, that you will proceed to carry out the plan as soon as you can. I would like to know that my little Darling is having some enjoyment while I am away, and is engaged in something besides "moping". I have as great an objection to moping as the character we read about not long since, (I have forgotten whether in any of Dicken's or Thackeray's works) had to "flopping", though I didn't think that I would ever attempt the same remedy. You must take the very best care of yourself, Little Honey, (I know you will of the children) and let me find you all well when I come home. Kiss them for me and tell Callie to write me a letter. Be certain to write once every week, Little Darling, and oftener if anything occurs.


P.S. Have you paid Peck for the trunk &c which I wrote you about?