Transcription of a letter from Syl Foster to Elizabeth (Emmons) Foster
Mrs. Elizabeth Foster
Wayne Co. Illinois
Clay City, Ills
Dec. 15, 1872
Deare Mother and Family
It is with pleasure that I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope that you are the same.
I was at Xenia last Sunday to see the Folks. They are all well except bad colds. Claude is as fat as ever. walks and runs every place he wants to go to.
Vinnie is fat and saucy. she can sit alone. she plays and laughs like a little woman.
Well I must apologize a little for not writing sooner
First, I couldn't harldy get time to write
Second, I hadn't the paper and stamps to write
3rd, I expected to see somebody from Mt. Erie and send word. I saw Frank Best the day I got in town to go to work. I told him to tell you what I was at .
I am working for Schooley & Kennedy Bros. Schooley is a bro-in-law
of the Kennedy's and the Kennedy boys are sons of our Old "Cannada"
that pap bought the molasses off. he is dead, and I helped make the old
ladys coffin about 3 weeks ago. they are First rate folks.
is very poorly now. he is over 80 years old. he can't last long. O. D .Schooleys wife is very sick but she is better now. I haven't got my goods yet but I guess I will get them this week. I rented a house for 7 dollars a month. it is a good house. If it was in Flora it would rent for 12 dols
How is the "Epezootic" in Mt. Erie by this time. it is raging here
but not so bad as other places. no horses have died yet with it.
well write soon and let me know how you are. tell Marion to get that bench
screw from Borterfields - he was to give me a dollar for it but didn't
so I want it
Tilda said she wrote to you. She is well
From your affectionate son,
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