John Newmark at TranslyvaniaDutch has started this Monday prompt. For those of you new to this the definition of Amanuensis is: one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscripts.
My transcription this Monday is a letter written by my gtgrand father James E. Wise (1854-1904). The "voice" I hear in this letter is one of love and affection from James for his family. Also interesting was the glimpse into James' occupation. He was apparently a procurer of cheese and eggs, at least on this particular trip. (There is no punctuation or appropriate capitalization in the letter so I am inserting periods where I think appropriate)
Riverton, Iowa, 7-11 1901
Folks at Home. I have just got to this place, got my chees from Depot. got Supper and have afew minutes to get this letter off. I have finished up about 2000# I find this lot melted down in bad shape don't think I can do much here but probale will clean up what Frank will send me by Sat eve. I find that I made no bad deals the other trip. I have been watching the egg market. find white giving less than 6¢ for them and Six at some places I am afraid you will go low on them. Break them down to six ¢. I never seen such weather. crops are all going to burn up in this county. all gone in Kansas. I think I will get in Sat eve. Hay is not keeping up this trip. got a fill on new hay and to much water . Wind is all right think she will be all right in the morning. Well I will close. Hope you are ok on every thing.
Your Father, J.E.
Tell Albert and my girl I will bring 5¢ each when I get home and probale will get enough out of this trip to give my wife a penny.