Charles Aleshire to Margaret Shepard Aleshire, 18 August 1871
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 done so. it would have been the first time, (to my knowledge)
that she ever deceived me.
       Having disposed of the act of writing on her part I will
no refer to what she wrote and contrast what she said
in her letter. with what you said in yours, and that
will take but a few words. The only difference between
your statement of the affair and hers is this. You
use the word "talking" where she uses the word
"discussing" this is the only difference in the statement
in your letter and the statement in her letter
upon this point there is no room for contro-
versy, as the words "talking" and "discussing" mean
about the same.
        As a matter of justice to Venie I must here
say her letter contained nothing about Pa. but
kind words, she referred to the trouble in words
full of feeling and expressed herself as perfectly
astounded at the sudden and unexpected change
wrought in him towards her, she said she could not
account for it, that she had ever regarded him,
as to one^to^ whom she might look for love and af-
fection and that she was completely surprised and
dumbfounded at the course things had taken. She
said, after what he said she no longer felt welcome
there. and that her only course was to go to Tabine's
          Now a word about what Pa. said. I will not
repeat it, as there is no misunderstanding be-
tween you and Venie as to what he said. you
both unite in stating it, and I presume you
are correct. So far as I am concerned. I should
have paid no attention to it. now would any
of the other his own children, I think, but you

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