W3202 TO THOMAS HAMPSON BAKER from his father Rev. Thomas Baker
May 15 1878
To: Thomas Hampson Baker, [St. George], [Ontario]
From: 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
Mr. T.H. Baker,1
My dear Son,
Being desirous of changing the domicile of Alfred's children and having to find out where under proper care I can place Maude and William, I have thought you, having at present no family with you, would gladly receive the children of your deceased brother [always?] to whom you manifested strong attachment, and endeavour to [do?] a father's part by
I do not expect you to keep them at your own expense, but wish you to inform me at your earliest convenience if you are willing to receive them--the remuneration you will
require for boarding & lodging Maude and William only--if willing to clothe them what you will need for that purpose.
With kindest regards to your wife & family, I remain your afft. father
[the?] [last?] [pt.?] P.S. Please communicate with me by letter, it is the cheapest, and in every way the most satisfactory method.
You will not mention the contents of this to any person. I wish my arrangements made before any thing transpires. I
have to provide for Harriett she is learning dressmaking in
Paris where she must board.--William must be kept constantly at school, he is backward and dull--Maude has had sufficient schooling, her stepmother wrote me "She is stupid with study."
1 This is a draft of the letter to Thomas H. Baker. See W3203 for Thomas H. Baker's reply. He declines to take the boy but will take the girl. He also states that by his observation, the children are already in a good home with their step-mother.