Anthony W. Wilkinson Letter Collection

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North Jackson, [I?] June 7th ['93?] My Dear Cousin Your [sweet?] letter received and [what?] a [tone?] of days gone by run through the whole of it. I certainly seem [ed?] more like [Edith?] five yr's ago than any I have received from [Pitts?]. How glad I am to learn you are in so good spirits and that ere long [we?} can have again with us our own sweet [cousin E?] ([Three cheers?]) It is to bad that you [did?] not get out in

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the country while [Spring?] was decked in the most beautiful robe she has worn for several yrs. [Spring?] attire and [?] [?] have at last decided on wearing the most gorgeous colors that can be found. I am glad you are kindly remembered with flowers while enclosed in that old [H.H.?]. Just so the [?] don't seek to [carry?] off or [lure?] away my own [?]. Last [?] night we had our Children's Day [exercises?] and it was good, but oh how we had to work to make it so. Worked days and practiced nights. We attempted to make a

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of eleven which with my help was got up in [?] and it was most excellent. Oh I was so glad, for the church was crowded and outside enough to again half fill it. We got $16.53 for our collection. Two wks. ago we were at the State Conv. at [Canton?] Oh it was grand [we've?] [gone] [5 da] and what a spiritual feast that was. We had with us their three dear missionaries. One was Bro. Smith who a few years ago went over to Japan and lost his wife. When he returned he married the

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beloved State Pres. Candice Layman and went back to J. After a time they had a little child and I think before the child was 2 yr. old it died in that [dreary?] land and now they have again been obliged to again return to America for their health, but will return again as soon as they are able. Oh such a sweet woman as Sister Smith is. She is perfectualy lovely and so devoted to Christ. She stood before that [vas?] assembly telling of her dear dead babe and how it drew to them the

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Japanese which they could reach in no other way and she had most in tears while she stood there with a heavenly light in her eyes and not a tear [?] her eyes. For she has given her all to Christ and his cause. I felt to just take her hand would almost be a blessing. But I cannot picture to you the happiness and pleasure of that Conv. [Annie?] kept baby out at [Father's?] [Annie's?] little (clerk) took her to Salem [?]. She says they had a grand time. [Uncle?] [Frank?] + [Enochs] were there at their house. Today was the last day of school so I will have her at home now. Next [Sun.?] is

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My Dear Miss [Hartzell], My- oh my how I miss you! it seems weeks instead of hours since I watched that hack driver off in the snow. rain & slush with that dear face at the window. I went back to bed and found ["Chi?ie"] [weeping] also- after he went to sleep I was dozing off when a low [unepulsheal?] voice on the other side of the room whispered "Miss Hartzell. I told you

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were gone. Mr Clements and Wallace had breakfast together. but Betty waited and had hers on a chair beside my bed. While I ate mine as Jamie was fussy. Anne tried her hand at burping him. I really think he missed you. I could not put him to either smile or talk all day. He either slept or fretted. I got up before tea and then while Jamie slept a little I [pick?] the rooms [?] of to rights. that is the [??]

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Mr Clements room. Mrs just finishing [?] ors after eleven. when Mrs Perry came in. she just insisted upon making the beds in my room and bathed the baby. I had him jus dressed when Lind appeared. at one twelve o'c. Lena is fairly satisfactory Such a great change from the sweet, kind, unselfish com panion I have had all these weeks. I can tell you from lo...sance I had an appetitite yesterday and I just felet sick over your being in Detroit such awful matter

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especially after Mrs Perry told me she thought Miss Gerard was still in Bay City. I am very surprised to find if such is the case. I hope you have omitted if such is the case. I have an opinion on the subject which will not look small on paper if you had to find your way around. D. above. I will feel, [small] to say the least not pleased. Do you know you left a five dollar bill and two pennies under the pin cushion on my dresser. Mr Clements tried to persuade { ....} it was

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a present you had left for him. Such did not succeed. [I have] such a mean day yesterday. No one am in but just now I see Mrs MacDonell hieing hither. Well Mrs MacDonell came in and staid until supper time. And I make a start to nite a little [more] here in the Library while Mr Clements reads. Last night Jamie and Lina slept in the nursery - he in his bassinet and he seemed to like it.

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