[The following is written vertically across the top of the letter:]
As Mrs. Best would like a decided answer on Monday please answer soon as convenient and let me know what I am to do.
W3189 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Harriett (Hattie) Baker
Apr 18 1878
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: [Paris], [Ontario]
My dear Grandpa,
Your kind letter I received yesterday I have just
returned from Mrs. Best she keeps a private establishment
[.] The terms she will take me on are these [:] She will
take me for a year and if handy at the end of the year with her instructions she says I will be able to cut measure and fit or do any thing [sic] required in that line of business.
At the end of the first six months she will give me one dollar per week. Though I have been anxious for some time to learn this trade yet not hearing of a place which I thought suitable for me is my reason for not mention [sic]
to you my desire before [.] I one day spoke to Mrs. Hart on this subject and by her was informed that Mrs. Best was an excellent dressmaker and in England kept a large
establishment the same also in Toronto and that she did a
good business here. As Mrs. Best and Mrs. Allworth are
great friends refer to her should you wish further
I dislike making myself a common servant and think a person with a trade is more respected and as you said much more independent, also Mrs. Best is ready for me at any time and if you are willing I will be very pleased to go and I think it will certainly be to my advantage and also to the
children as I can help them.
Love to all.
I remain your affc.