Respected Father and Mother:
I again take the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well and enjoying the best of health. But I must not brag, for I may be taken sick at any time. But you will see I am well. I thought I would send you my frame. Annie wants one of my pictures. You can give her any one. You have Amine's. To Joe, she wanted one and I personalized her one.
Well, Dad, I can't send you any money this time for I did not draw any bounty and had only 32 dollars come to me and I had been sick some and had to have something that I could eat and it costed like --- and I thought I had better keep some for if I should happen to sicken again but I hope not to be.
I can send you a good pile next payday. It will mot be long. Maybe six weeks. So you will have it by the time you want to use it. I lent some of my money $20 dollars bounty for ten percent so next payday I can send you a nice pile for I will have 40 dollars bounty and two months pay...16 dollars per month. Everything costs so when anyone gets sick I suppose you have --- ---.
We have wet weather here. Some of the nastiest rains here I ever saw. You must tell me all about Joe. How she learns. So I shall have to close for this time. Write as often as you can and I will do the same.
This from your son,
T. L. Larue
Good day parents at home...never forgotten.
Joe, simmer down and I will send you my likeness some day.
Be a good girl