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Letter from Joseph D. Craig to John [Wayt?]

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North River Augusta County March 8 1853 Dear Uncle I am anxious to get into a store and if you can give me employment in that line of business you will much obliged me. If you can take me in your store please be so good as to write me word in a few days, and state the terms on which you will take me. (I suppose you would like to know something about my tuition I have ciphered through the arithmetick,) We are all well at present excepting the children who have the hooping [whooping] cough though they have it very slightly. Mamma sends her best love to aunt Sally and aunt Rebecca and says that she would be very glad to see them down in our neighbourhood shortly nothing more at present.

Yours respecfully [respectfully] Joseph D Craig

P.S. You must excuse me for not writing a longer letter and also for doing it so badly. Correct all mistakes. J D C