W3472 TO REV THOMAS BAKER from John Puckridge Baker (his grandson)
Oct 27 1880
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 312 Thames St., London, Ontario
Rev Thos. Baker
My dear Grandpa
I write to inform you that we have secured the situation for Willie of which I wrote you. He commenced work on Monday the 11th of this month, so is now in the third week, and seems to give satisfaction and be satisfied and I am indeed glad to inform you that so far as I am able to judge he has one of the most desirable opportunities that could have been obtained.
The name of the firm by whom he is employed is [Loughrey? And Lockbury?] of 420 Richmond Str. Upon my calling to enquire about it a few days ago Mr. Tackabury seemed much pleased with Willie saying that he liked his disposition better than any boy they had ever employed with regard to his work he seems rather small for the business but it is to be hoped he will outgrow that difficulty. He is also much inclined to be [bilious?], which we advise him with regard to diet [?] as much as possible to prevent.
Minnie and James Alfred spent most of last week and the week before with Mr. and Mrs. Harbin James who was quite poorly profited much by the change and Minnie enjoyed herself I am sure. After straightening up the house and doing some cooking for us she has gone to spend a few days with a friend of hers in Mt. Brydges and will also be able to pay Mrs. Luck a short vist [sic]. I am really glad to get them to leave London for a short time occasionally as the change of air seems always to do James so much good which as he is inclined to be delicate is very desirable. Poor Mrs. Luck is much to be pitied her health which has for some time been indifferent seems to be entirely broken from her anxiety at the reverse they have had during the late depression I believe though she has five small children she is now unable to afford a servant. Mr. Harbin and Alice were each quite well and are going to close the house in a week or two and go to the Southern States or Florida or California to spend the winter. Lottie whose health is considerably improved will come to London on their departure. My own health is somewhat improved lately though I was obliged to lay off a week in the early part of the month.
We are trying to make arrangements to move to a part of the City considered by our Doctor much more healthy and I think I have at last found a house which at a little increase of rent will suit us. We require a very warm house on account of my going out and coming in so often by night, We would be glad to hear that grandma is improving in health with the winter season,
And with kindest love to you all in which Willie joins me.
I remain Your Affect. [sic] grandson
P.S. Did you receive a Photo of Minnie and James Alfred a little time ago