Bloomington, Dec 17th 1859, Dear Brother, After receiving your last intended to write you as soon as the sale was over, and other matters settled. But have been more busy since the sale than before. Did not think that I had neglected to write to you for so long until I had noticed the date of your last. Some time ago Mr. McCalla bought a small house in town, containing only two rooms. Am now living with him. Having built two more rooms we feel more comfortable. Had to attend to the building of these besides my other regular work, and the settling of the estate and moving. So you may know that I have been driven almost day and night. Am now almost through with the most urgent work. Have almost finished gathering corn, had about 1300 bu. It is selling for 35 cts per bu, wheat $1.00. Have to go down to Prof Wylie's to feed my horses & colts. Have rented part of the stable from him for that purpose.