Anthony W. Wilkinson Letter Collection

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[left page] and also his manual training work in high school is about the best in his grade, He stands above 90 in all his studies.

Grace is giving music lessons and taking lessons in pipe organ, when not helping with housework.

Ava rec,d, a five dollar gold piece from her employer and a 13,lb, turkey for Xmas. She is still singing in the Euclid Ave. M. E. Church Choir.

They all rec,d, many lovely and useful gifts. This has been a very quiet, but typical Christmas Day. How is the weather with you? Presume it is a lovely sunny

[right page] in winter as well as summer.

I had a letter from Sister Jane a few weeks ago. I would have liked to meet the friends at their anniversary, but could not get away.

Thanking you again for the very useful gift.

Will close with best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and yours,

Sister Lucretia Hartsough

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reporting my condition and have, in every way, complied with the terms of my contract. I cannot understand how there should have been any endorsements to the effect that my contract was annulled unless some of the papers have been lost or overlooked. Surely, the government would not place itself in the position of abandoning a sick nurse because the duration of her sickness was more than two months or continued even for several months.

On January 5, 1899, Dr. H. R. Stout certified that I had been under his care "since the 27th of October for Typhoid fever."

On January 27th, 1899 Dr. James M. Jackson, Jr. certified that: "the improvement of Miss Edith L. Hartzell has been very gradual and I think it extremely unwise and dangerous for her to return to her duties as nurse under 30 days by which time I think she will have recovered her usual strength and vigor."

I sent you this certificate at the time and requested that my sick leave be extended accordingly, but received no reply either that it was so extended or that my contract had been annulled. I am confident that when your office is fully in possession of these facts that you will grant me pay up to the time I was given transportation home in April. This is my understanding of what I should received, according to my contract, and I respectfully request that I be paid accordingly.

Trusting that I may receive early and favorable action, I am

yours very respectfully,

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