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"Jane" and "Marian" mentioned in this letter were his wife and little daughter.
They are mentioned again in a letter to Morrison writ­ten in the following summer:
Pittsburgh, August 15, 1859. Dear Mit:,
I went to Baden on Saturday and took Jane with me. I saw Mr. Deerdorf, who said that the crops had been poor, and dull payment, &c, &c. In short, he had no money. He had not received the scratch of a pen from you for a long time, that you had not demanded the money when it was due, &c. I asked him when he would be ready with the money; he said about the 1st of October. I told him to leave it with Henry. We took dinner and tea at Mr. Anderson's. He was not at home, but the girls were. Mrs. B., the youngest daughter, is very pretty and entertaining, being a combina­tion of Mary Wick, Mary McClelland, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Woods, etc. With much love to all,
Your affectionate brother,
S. C. Foster.
With the letters preserved by Morrison is a daguerre­otype of Stephen, taken in 1859; attached to it is this note from Stephen:
Pittsburgh, June 15, 1859. My dear brother Mit:
Yesterday my neighbor, who has the Daguerreotype establish­ment, invited me to have my picture taken. I think it is rather good and I send it to you, my dear brother.
Wife and daughter are mentioned again in this letter of the following spring:
Warren, Ohio, April 27th, 1860. Dear Mit,
Please send me by return mail $12. I have received from Firth, Pond & Co. a letter stating that they cannot advance me any more money till I send them the songs now due them, (about two as I make the calculation) as our present agreement is about expiring. They show a disposition to renew the agreement, but very properly require payment in music before any new arrangement. I have entered into an agreement with a new house for part of my music, but the terms are not entirely fixed, I cannot well draw on them now. I expect to be in Cleveland very soon on my way to New York, and will be able to settle with you. I require this amount for little washing bills, etc., which are, you know, the most perplexing. Please send the amount immediately, on receipt of this.
Jane and Marian are well, also Etty's family [his sister], I am very well, but had as I supposed a slight touch of ague yesterday. I think to-day that it was only a false alarm. I have written two

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