I have just got up. I intended to write to you last night, but Ike came to see me, and we passed the evening in singing. Neither of us have school to day, we are going to spend the day in making calls in Blooming[burg]. We want to make some new acquaintances. Well James, this is Christmas. What are you going to do? and what are the folks doing about Cross? (Probably a short hand term like Xmas?) I suppose they think they are at liberty to take a spree to day as it is Christmas.
_____________and went out. So I thought_________ a little. A happy Christmas to you. carve your own turkey for me. I don't any of them, especially since wanting would not help the matter if I did. But I must give up for _______....__.
I wrote a composition on Christmas and read it to my school yesterday, telling them what it is kept for, and showing them the folly of keepint it___it generally is by the mass. by getting a joy of whisky shooting at mark and gambling. What mocking to pretend to celebrate a day so memorable in this way. the day in
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which the Redeemer of the world war borne.
I was pleased to hear that you had started to school, but was sorry to hear the advise your teachers gave you, for I had hoped that you had a good teacher, but his advise to you has caused me to doubt it for I think when any teacher will advise a scholar not to study mental arithmetic is behind the times. He certainly knows nothing about it, or can not teach it, or he would not have given you such advice. The examiners of this county had rather a teacher would fail on anything else. I have found it of great benefit to me, and this is the testimony of all who have studied it, even after having studied Arithmetic for years. I say get Ray's Mental Arithmetic part second and again I say get Ray's Mental Arithmetic and Study it. Get Green's Grammars if you can which is so plain that you can study without a teacher; if you can not get it, get Pinneo's Second part, which is the kind I use in my school. You need not tell your teacher what I have said and if you go to him. Show him respect if you think he is not qualified. I must go to town.
Your Brother, B. Crook
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