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I do not think there will be more to do during my absence than settle the question of the settlement with the children of Charles Stanford, deceased, as to giving them property and the same to Leland S. Lathrop.
The Guardianship of Jennie S Lathrop and the signing of the agreement for her by her Guardian.
The distribution of the two hundred thousand dollars which comes in July.
I wish the paper which will go to Judge Coffee drawn up immediately and before it is sent to him I want Dr. Jordan consulted with in reference to it, he to act for me during my absence as far as it may relate to the good
of the University, so dear to my heart.
I stand almost alone in this blessed work left to my care and I want and need his support and his helpfulness in this work in as far as he can assist me.
There are plenty who are interested in the affairs of the Estate with me but few in the University.
This is an outline of my wishes which you have already been made acquainted with in our frequent conversa tions.
I have not counselled with any one but my Father Divine and my own con science in making up my mind to act, as seems
best to me in the matters alluded to in this letter. Even a worm will turn after it has been crushed in [twain ?]
To that extent have I suffered the past four years and I feel justified now in seeking help and protection from the Probate Court to decide what my dear hus band meant in his Will.
He never dreamed of making my life a sacrifice to those to whom he gave gifts of love.
I would not write this letter were I not so soon going away.
Three months will pass quickly and these questions I hope and pray will be settled during my absence.
Aug 5th 1897
THE NORFOLK HOTEL. BRIGHTON.
Mrs Timothy Hopkins
My dear May,
I enjoyed your kind remembrence your kind thoughts of me as evident by your letter received while in London. I left London a week ago. the heat was very great but I was told yesterday was by far the hottest in years there and here.
I was so shattered by the sudden news of Col Fred's passing away it was so entirely unex -
pected that he had any disease, I saw him at my house only a few days before I left. I remarked how marble white his complexion was but thought it natural. I believe myself that anxiety and worry had much to do shortening his young life. I think you should feel thank ful dear Tim is not harnessed with the same yoke.
I like this place very much - this Hotel is very quiet and very refined. I have a fine room looking over the Ocean