…We do not hear much from them. I think they are not doing so well.
Dear Joseph, you talk about giving up the diggings. True, you have had a good try at them and yet you have laid out a deal of money. We think if you have your health you had better try a little longer, but Joseph, you know best.
Sister Ann has been at Winton. She has stayed three weeks. She has gone very stout. Little Ann is waiting of Mother to go at the weekend and often in the middle of the week.
I am glad to say that I am stronger than I was once and my (illegible) is quite better, or else I was in bad strife for a long time.
They are all well at Butterscarfe ??(transcribing ???) and send kind love to both of you. I think they are much the same at Musgrave. They are all anxious to hear from you and how you are getting on. Mother has lots of visitors when she gets a letter from you. Though you have been away a long time your old friends never seem to lose their affection towards you.
When you write you must tell me whether I am very altered since you left. I was but a child then and very ill-natured, but I have more sense now.
You must please write every month to Mother, and I will do the same to you. Poor old thing. Her time cannot be long in this world if she should get out again.
When you get the address to Kit will you send them to me. We should like to hear from him. Mother sends her kindest love to you both and all the rest. So now, my dear brother and sister I beg leave to conclude with kind love to all of you. You may look for a letter by the middle of March from me
Your affectionate sister
Across the written page “If the socks are not very shapely you must excuse me for I have never knitted any before”.