Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, March 2, 1859.
Dear Wife And Children, All, — I write to let you know that all is yet well with me, except that I am not very strong. I have something of the ague yet hanging about me. I confidently expect to be able to send you some help about team, etc., in a very few days. However, if I should be delayed about it longer than I could wish, do not be discouraged. I was much relieved to find on coming here that you had got the draft sent by Mr. Painter. He has been helping me a little in advance of its being due, since I got on. Do not be in haste to buy a team until you can have time to get further word from me. I shall do as fast as I can; and may God bless and keep you all!
Your affectionate husband and father.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 490