W2856 TO JAMES WALKER from Rev. Thomas Baker
May 4 1848
To: James Walker, Hamilton, [Ontario]
From: Brantford, [Ontario]
In acknowledging yours of the 3rd Inst.1, I regret to state that your request "to send Mary-Anne's clafs [sic] books and clothes" cannot be complied with, as it would have the semblance of concurring with her in the sinful conduct she is pursuing; and which I utterly abhor.
I would also further state, that as her father, and consequently natural guardian of my child, when I shall be permitted to use my inalienble right, of which I have been most wickedly robbed by you, Sir, and your guilty association, of choosing her residence, I shall be happy to afford her every means in my power both for her comfort and improvement. Till then, Sir, it is imperative on me to refuse to do so, or in any way become accountable for any expences [sic] that she may incur whilst continuing in her present unnatural and disgraceful position.2
Committing my cause and that of my misguided child, to the God of her dear departed sister, and of her deeply lamented mother, and of her bereaved and greatly injured father
I have the honour to be,
1 This letter is a reply to W2855.
2 Mary-Anne had become involved with the widower of her late sister Harriett and refused to return to her family's residence. Outraged by her disobedience and sin, Rev. Baker refused to visit her or assist her in any way. See W2855 for large footnote, details and links.