Submitted by Tom James
Tom James wrote:
This letter must have been written around 1880 or 1881. Marial died in November of 1881 from the debilitating condition she mentions in this letter.
Jan the 11 Mt Erie
My dear Mother Bros and Sisters one and all i seat myself to drop you a line to let you know that they are all well i cant say i am well but i am about as i was when you was up here last Spring i can help the children a little bu i am very weak yet Mag my legs aint as big as your arm i am a poor old yellow ribe Mother had a serious time of it but still im here there has been rite smart of Sickness in the neighborhood but none in the neck to amount to anything Mag ive had too big slayrides will took us all to dinks Sunday week ago and lst Sunday to Marvel Hills and when ever i take a notion to go a bobing i make some of them go and pull me Mollie dident we have a nice time whn you and Bud come up this fall i never enjoyed myself so much Bud if you was here tonite you mite have went with wil up to the fidlers to hear soom moosic Steve will says you are the badst liar in the county the foxes is as thick rabits Wood will says he wisher you was here to scrape ax handles for that is all he has got to do now and so i think now is your time to come wood you and Reason Mother give my love to Milly and her family and to Molly and Bud and tell them all how well i would love to see them all come for i may never be able to come to see them again Mag Britie has got a beau and his name is Johny alison She got her a nice coat and nuby her coat was $5.50 and her nuby 75 cts Lzzie and me got a breakfast shaul Charley old Santy brout baby and georgy a gun and caps cristmas and some candy too what did you and Pearly get Pearly i wish you was here to lite ants pipe while she rites i want you to make papy and Ma come up and bring you and we will ahve lots of fun Mother nearly all of my fruit frose and come and a dosen bursted all to peaces but i cooked up and all of it only what we eat so i reckon Saly anint come or some of you would have rote Setve Will and Jimy has cut and sold about 25 dollars worth of hoopoles will is making ax handles now to sell him and me made six today he gets 20 cts a peace as fast as he can make them ant we had the coldest winter you ever saw Mother give my respects to all that i got acquaint with when i was down there now i tell you all i want to come home with Jimy i cant say which one fer i want you all to come so bad when i say all i mean every one of my friends and relation come one come all and we will treat you best we con i close by sending our love to you all and asking intrest in all your prairs that i may get well once more if it is the good Lords will Mag you and one of the boys come home with Jimy and stay a weeke or to or a month or as long as you please good by and her is a kiss
Note: Before she signs her name, she draws a squiggly circle for the kiss.
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