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January 1st 1895 My Dear Sister [E?]dith It has been quite a while since I have written you a letter but we get to hear from one another just as often I guess. Today is new years day and what a beautiful one it has been. We have a nice snow on the ground and there is a good many [?] and
Dear Sister I got your X mas present and I think it a verry appropriate one and beautiful one think you were wise in making such a solution. Sadie is very much pleased with it and said for me to tell you for her that she is very sorry that she didnt have something for you. She thinks it is just lovely. Edith you mustnt expect much from her for she hasnt been working steady for a long time until a few week ago. And now
expects to be laid off again since hollidays are over I am very sorry for my part to. in fact ashamed of myself for not sending you something for X mas. I priced their souveniours teaspoons and the kind I wanted was from $2.75 to $3.00 and that was more than could aford for after paying my board and rent and other little bills my money was gone so I didnt give but very few presents this year and didnt expect any. But was well remembered after
all. Sadies gave me a bountiful gold mounted umbrella with my initials on it and a pair of kid gloves some kerchiefs and cologne to. her Ma a nice silk hankerchief with my initial and so you see I done better than expected to. Xmas was my day off and I enjoyed it very much. today I am on duty. will be off on Friday again Ma and Jennie was well Sunday when I was at home. I am well and fat. dont get many fires?
Edith I hope you have been remembered with Xmas presents as well as you did us. by some kind hearted friends. But dont you think we have forgotten you for we havent by any means. I hope someday to be more able to remember you with tokens than now. I guess it must of been K that sent you that package for it wasn't us. I havent seen Katie for a long time but I hear that she is dressinglovely. Edith I must close and go to bed hoping you had a merry x-mas and wishing with a Happy New Year! and many thanks for the presents from Sadie and I both As ever your Loving Broe. Archie