Lucy has been busy hemming table cloths &c. Kate’s preparations are nearly completed. Mrs. Terril here today cleaning the parlor chamber & putting down the new carpet, also the north chamber and upper entry. Mrs. Dawes came on the evening train. Letters from Rufus & Mary who are enjoying themselves in Milwaukee very much. The 53d have arrived in Ohio and are reported at Hamilton today.
Kate's sister Lucy Dawes is helping with Kate's wedding preparations.
Rufus and Mary Dawes, having just been married the previous week, were traveling to meet Rufus's regiment in Wisconsin.
The 53d refers to Rufus's brother Ephraim Dawes's regiment.