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Cleveland Oh. Aug 3, 97. My darling Your very welcomed letter was received Monday morn at 8 and found me at the wash tub doing a two weeks wash I was tuckered out when through 10 Oclock for I scrrubbed two flights of stairs and kitchen bath-room and every thing that needed it, put fire in stove on wash days for K. makes me to save gas as she pays gas bill. she had her fine white dress, 3 waists and etc four white skirts sheets etc the iron
ing played one out today but will finish tomorrow. K was gone just one week camping. I don't know who she was with although she said a girl friend and her. She worked just the same and went out every eve from store on her wheel. She said something several times about the boys. She went in [bathing?] night and morning. She is home this week and expects to go to Hover [Hoover] Ohio to that summer reort next week for a week at least and maybe longer.
So ma will
not return to C- till we send for her. She says since [Bronn's?] hired girl has left she is taking her place and she send $2.00 home saying that is what she received for her week's labor. She is doing considerable sewing for them. I think it would be real nice for you to go down there. Every body would love to see you, but I shall not for two is plenty, but I do want to see you so bad.
Next eve at 4:30.
Well I finished the [mowing?] and am pretty tired for I am not well. I have those [harried?]
head aches, dizzie [dizzy], and black specks before my eyes, and etc. Well, about Kate buying groceries, she is very close barley [barely] enough to keep from starving, and gets some every time, "namely" loaf of rye bread, qt [quart] of berries, 1/2 pound of cheese. That is all. If it had not been for ma sending that money home, I don't know what I should have done and I pay insurance every two weeks out of that, and I bought a 1/2 lb. [pound] of butter the other day and 1/2 peck of potatoes, the first that has been in the house since ma has left which is four or five
home about 6 O'clock from Aand she had gone to Detroit on Saturday and did not return till Monday eve, and she knew I was coming home, and there was not a thing in house to eat from Sunday morn till Monday eve. Only I found a nickele [nickel] and bought 1/2 doz [dozen] cakes. Her & ma wanted me to stay over at Archie's all the time. K- wanted the house all to her self which "A. & L. & J. all think very strange, and she even wanted to know just what nights I would be home." So she thought she would starve me out. A. & J. think it awful. A. said he would