Mary Richardson Walker1839-01-01Elkanah WalkerI am not half as lonely as you for beside the good company of the family, I have the dear little son to cheer me & so I am not as sad as I used to be when you are gone. When I retire I press the little quiet sleeper to my bosom & moisten his face with my kisses. . . . .As to the threat you speak of [the whipping], I have scarcely had occasion to remember it. The little fellow has been so good that I can't get an action against him & I am really very content to have it so. . . . .I am not at all surprised you do not like to find things as you leave them. Perhaps you are troubled to find them-- 193 --at all. I often imagine what a good supper I would get for you were I there. When I come home I will let you have some good rests in the morning and I won't call you lazy and will do all a cheerful wife can do to drive away melancholy. I am glad the dogs have paid the debt of nature for their sake as well as yours.Your notion that you are losing ground in the language is I suppose not a serious one. When a blade first shoots we can almost see it grow, but when the plant gets large, we may watch it day after day & scarce perceive the least alteration. . . . . It will require a great deal of self-denial to let books lay on the shelf and attend to learning an unwritten language. . . . .Mrs. M'D. is fond of making improvements, particularly in cooking. We are teaching her to prepare a variety of Yankee dishes, such as toast, custards, puddings, gingerbread and the like. . . . . I am inclined to think men commit less sin when moving than when encamped. . . . .Thurs. Mr. and Mrs. McD. and family, Mrs. E. and myself walked to the shoots, two and one half miles. The river passes through a ledge of rocks where it evidently had to break through. Before this or when there was more water than now in it, it no doubt flowed over Colville plains. The river and rocks present one of the grandest spectacles I have ever seen.