Bloomington, Sept 22nd 1858, My Dear Brother, Mother's inquiries why you do not write reminds me that your last is not answered. My only excuse is that there have been no rainy days since yours was received. You must know that the rain is a relief to the muscles of a farmer as well as to his crops. We have had very little rain since the first of June. Our crops were almost ruined by the rain in the spring, and now we are suffering for the want of it. But when we compare our situation with that of other counties around us, we have no right to complain.