W3291 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his sister, Mrs. Sarah Pike.
May 1 1879
To: Rev. Thomas Baker
From: Sarah Pike, 23 Rotherfield Road, London, Ontario.May 1st 1879
23 Rotherfield Street
Essex Road, Islington
My beloved Brother,
I was so very thankful to receive your kind letter and to be informed that you were all mercifully preserved alive and in tolerable health during this dreadfully severe winter the coldest one I ever knew. I had every thing [sic] to make me comfortable, no lack though your ability and the goodnefs [sic] of our Heaven by Father Steford be this Holy name for all this goodnefs [sic] to me, but I could not yet warm although I had a fire in my room all day and night, how I used to be in bed and shiver and shake and wonder how you could bear such a winter. I received the Newspaper regularly and from week to week I found that you were in the land of the living which was a great comfort to me to know. It is very cold now not much like the spring of the year every thing is very backward I think I told you in my last letter that I expected to have to remove for the smoke nuisance was unbearable the people were very sorry for us to go away but the House they took was so dirty and would have to be put in order after we cram in it. It was a grief to me to leave the neighborhood, it was mew Conference well and, they have such a number of Institutions in connection with it. I had joined Sunday Bible clafs [sic] which meet twice a week for reading the scriptures, and religious conservation, and when I could not go out on account of the weather or my ill health for I have been very poorly all the winter these Ladies will meet me at home, their visits were very acceptable to me, some of them were titled Ladies, one of them called on my old landlady last week and told her she often thinks of me, and will endeavor to get time to visit me. I am very near a Congregational Chapel and both the Minister, know me very well, but at present I can do but little more than get about in my room, it is a very large parlor, is a good thoroughfare, so that it is not dull, Mrs. Gram has the back parlor, it is very little more rent than where I came from, and for more shelter and respectable at present we are very comfortable we here a most beautiful large garden and a pear tree in it on the other side of our well are nursery grounds, and I think it is very healthy, I do find my health improving I have been very [firm??] on my feet for 2 or 3 years but this winter I had a complaint in my feet and ankles, which caused them to swell to an immense size. Mrs. Gorham thought I was most better but when my toes and instep came out in from sports the size and contour of thimble café not much pain but so swollen and weak that I called in the Dr. he ordered me to bathe my feet and Legs 4 times a day in warm water or I shall have a very bad leg, or legs to take a good deal of rest and not go out doors until the cold weather had prepared a way, so I have been a close prisoner ever since Christmas I feel thankful I felt so little pain, for the death like cold is very bad, as I am unable to take exercise I have wonderful carpet shoes, and although I am so much better I cannot get my own boots on even now, my [??] has quite left me and he says it is a complaint was akin to Erfsephilis [sic] and that with care it will all pafs [sic] away but defective circulation of the blood to the cause of it.
Now I have told you all about my poor old self, dear Mclenhan is very kind for visiting me she, drank tea with me on Monday. Esther is a charm sweet and I highly appreciate her visits, she deeply regrets my immoral form Stanly Road it is [??] City but much farther from Stanford Hill but it is only a proferring tide by the farm car work but there is some distance to walk we hope to get out together a little when the warm weather comes to day [sic] the 2nd may weather cold enough for snow we had some hail yesterday.
I am truly thankful to hear that your family are so well. I wish I could see the dear children it quite thrilled my soul to hear that dear dear little Mary [??] be talking of four old Aunt Sally, and fancy she was writing to me what a dear little girl she is. I hope her dear Mamma will get safety over her trouble what a little family in a short time, I am very glad dear Maude got here safely and from that you have written I think she was on acceptable addition to her Grandmammas family. I intend writing to them next week and inviting the dear girl to visit me as soon as the weather is suitable but it is of no use sending for her until the weather will allow us to go out and see a little of the great city and I hope to improve in health with the warm weather and I wish my best to make her comfortable.
Rotherfield street is a highly respectable street leading to the Cattle market I will get there to let me know when I am to expect her at London Bridge and will send the kind woman who attend to me when I am unable to attend to myself to meet her if I cannot get myself I am very sorry John does not write you often, I dare say he has much to think about, but he ought not to forget his Aging Father, How thankful I am that you have had spared tell now, a great many aged Christian for of mine have been moreover has hers too.
Mrs. Gorham desires her kindest love to yr. Mrs. Baker and all the family. Also Mifs [sic] Callumn and Mrs. Green.
I hope you will excuse my delay in answering your hand letter but I put it off from time to time hoping health to give a better account of myself, but I am such a dreadful stat now my sight is very bad when I feel better in health I can see better.
Kifs [sic] all the dear children for me I think Master Calvin must be a noble boy now. I must not try to write more for I only write by guefs [sic] not by sight. May our good Lord and Kind Redeemer blefs [sic] you all abundantly with the choicest of his blefsings [sic] long spare your dear lives. I am sorry dear Mrs. Bakers affliction in [??] it is a regular complaint, be comforted, and shall ever hope done with this poor body me then we shall put on immediately.
I cannot write more than kindest love to all your dear family your own dear self included. I remain my dear Brother yours affectionate sister.