March 6th, 1891
Sanford, Fla. March 6, 1891
Mrs. F.H. Mason
Arrived at above after a hot, dusty and smoke beginning journey by rail through the pine forests and cypress swamps. My first impressions during the heat of the afternoon were rather unfavorable, but after a good wash and a visit to the barber shop, I feel better and find this quite a prosperous Southern town, and for an invalid I think the climate preferable to Rock Ledge, with its steady blows, which in my case was rather conducive to colds and sore throat.
Did not write Sunday being undecided, or rather Mr. H being undecided when I should start. Will take the morning boat from here to Jacksonville, arriving Sunday A.M. Expect to run down to St. Augustine, returning
in time to take evening train for Chattanooga, arriving there next night. Stay all night at Reed House and spend next day in sight seeing, leaving on Tuesday night and arriving in Cincinnati next morning. Spend that day in doing Cin and leave on night train for Chicago, arriving Thursday. I hope to carry out this program, but may not carry it all out. In fact may vary a day either way, but am getting very anxious to see wife and kid, and will make an effort to reach them very soon. In the meantime possess(?) your soul in patience and rest assured that we will not be voluntarily, on my part at least, separated for so long a time again.
Under present arrangement I will probably be unable to obtain any curios to bring home, unless stores should be opened Sunday.
Well, au revoir, and both keep well.