(To see all of the letters click the “Ada’s Love Letters” link in the upper left column on the page on the categories list.)
When we last left off with William and Ada it was 1873 and he was writing how he hoped she would want to marry him and not “get out of the notion.” William mentioned that the next winter would be better than all, hinting they would be able to spend it together instead of writing letters to each other.
They must have been together, because there is a gap in the letters. This letter is from 1876 and from the way William is writing it seems as if they’ve grown closer to each other. He speaks of their time together last winter.
Peaches are good
Apples are better
If you like me
Write a letter.
Russell Station Ohio
Feb 7 1876
My Dear Ada,
I am at home again and have my health and I am determined to write you a letter tonight. We had company this evening and they just left. So it will make me rather late untill I get through with this letter, but I don’t mind that.
A week ago tonight I was with you at this time but tonight I am far away from you and will have to write instead of talking to you.
I can’t enjoy myself so well in writing to you as I can when I am with you. I wish I was with you tonight again. I think I would enjoy myself better than I did Saturday night. I wish I could see you as often as I did last winter. Then I could enjoy myself, but this wishing will not do any good so I might as well quit.
I might go down and see you oftener if I just would think so, but then if I will have to wait four years yet it will take many a time don’t you think so? It did not take me very long to come home last Monday, or to Hillsboro I mean. I think I’m at home when I get there. I did not come home until way after night.
I stopped in Hillsboro awhile and when I got out to Houghland it was just about time for meeting to commence so I stopped there and did not come home until after meeting. Did you go to meeting that night?
They all went to bed now and no body up but myself and I am going to stay up until I get this letter finished. What was it about that letter Ada that you got to talking about when I told you what Dane Pene told me? I was going to ask you about that and forgot it. I often think about them letters that you wrote and did not send. I think you might let me see them but of course you know best about that. This now fuels me in the mind of last winter when you and I used to sleigh ride. I took a little sleigh ride today. I thought about you then, how you used to sit in the trough and talk. I can almost see you yet.
I will close for the present. It is getting on towards yours bed time now, twelve o’ clock. I hope you will write soon as you get this Ada. I would like to hear from you so well.
Remember oh remember.
The day when first we met,
When we were perfect strangers,
That day I’ll never forget.