|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1900/10/30|
|Scope & Content||
Stony brook Oct 30th 1900,
My Dear dear Mac,
I am afraid from your delay in replying to my letter proposing you should come to us, and we giving you a statement of affairs as near as I could at the time of writing; that you thought we were selfishly panning for our own interest-Quite the contrary my dear Mac, we were considering your welfare as much as our own.
In Mattie's letter-which was very
Sweet & sympathizing, she wrote as if you might come to us but for the cost of the journey - Ev and I immediately began to plan as to the means of assisting you in that direction - Then we thought if you were once here, you would surely spend the winter and Mattie & Daisy could come on in the spring - We did not expect you to work for us, but to rest and get accustomed to the change of air.
Our dear Tom had engaged a youth for the winter season - and longer if they agreed.-The terms were $10. a month & his board.
Our dear brother left very little money-Most of it tied up in suits & we shall be benefited very little if at all-Still the place on which he has spent liberally will eventually make a living for someone-I cannot begin to tell you my dear brother how sorry I am how heart-sick to know that our climate is a bar to its being you and yours- I fancied we might all be so genially happy together, and that you after a while could certainly make it pay you.
I am grieved to know of your ill-health-do consult a doctor
If our dear Tom had consulted a physician I think he could have helped-without doubt.
The surrogate's clerk wrote us that you had written him making inquiry concerning us - his hearing from you was a relief to us, as we not hearing feared you were ill. He has written assuring us that he had sent citations to the Archdeacons - by publication in the county paper as New Jersey laws are rigid & a guardian must be appointed and it all costs so much-While Ev and I have had no help in the kitchen even to wash for us, since last May -We have economized for our dear Tom's sake God bless him! - God bless is all- We love you dear Mac, do not doubt us-
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Ev is getting more composed & her attitude is improving- she sends much love to you & all as I most surely do -