[handwritten letter (not certain if this is an original or a copy) taped to page; every effort has been made to retain the original spelling:]
Castleton December 23 1786
Dear Sister after my Regards to you I would in Form you that I am well hoping these lines will find you and all of the family enjoying the same Blessing. Health is what no one knows how to Prize except Those who have been deprived there of them selves. I know not that ever I was more hearty than I am at Present. I want to heare from Mama for she told me jest be fore I lef her that her Side was worse than it had Been for sometime before which I fear if not careful of her Self will neve be well Again So I must bid you A due wishing you health and Prosperity this is
your friend and loving Sister
give my Compliments to Sarah and tell her She must excuse me for not writing to he[r]
[handwritten text below letter (notes - bio info):]
This letter was written by Johanna Bliss to her sister Priscilla Bliss. The latter was the wife of Deacon Joel Culver of Castleton, Vermont and the maternal grandmother of Mrs. John E. Dix.
Copyright 2002 Gabriel Brooke, (website). Transcription and editing: John Thomas, (website). Design and production: Marc Kundmann, (website).