M.C. Blake of California, a former soldier known to Civil War nurses Rebecca Usher of Hollis and Louisa Titcomb of Portland, wrote to Titcomb to tell her he might not be able to visit Usher because he needed to get to Harrison to visit his family, then back to California.
On the back of Blake's letter, Titcomb wrote to Usher that the two of them should appeal to Blake in Harrison to entice him to visit.
She suggested Usher tell Blake that she was "about on your last legs" and would not "last till he visits this region again."
Usher (1821-1912) was about 69 years old and Titcomb was close to that age.