Portland, Oregon, Sept. 10, 1879
Dear Aunt,
    I received the money a month ago, it was sixty three dollars when it got to me.
I had saved enough to make it seventy, and I am going to keep it until it amounts
to eighty, and then I can get twelve per cent for it.  I can save a little every year,
and I hope I can take care of myself.  I have a place that I like quite well, but the
place is rather hard for me, and I mean to get an easier place as soon as I can.
My health is quite good, but sometimes my hands cramp.  I would like to see you
all, but I never expect to in this world.  I have heard from Father.  He is well.  I
wrote to him lately, but have received no reply.  You will never lose anything by
getting my money.  If I ever get anything to spare, I will make you a nice present.
    I hope you will write to me as often as you can, as it is the greatest pleasure I
have to receive letters from home.  I will have my likeness taken as soon as I can,
and will send you one.  I would like to have yours.
            Your affectionate niece,
                    Amanda Patton
                        Filed Nov. 14, 1879
                        O. Diefendorf, Probate Judge