W3476 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from Sarah Pike
Nov 16 1880
To: Rev Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 16 Gopsall Street, Johns Road Huxton, London
[Rev. Thomas Baker's comments on envelope:]
Have posted a letter to her Dec 1th which I hope she will receive- From this letter I fear my Sister must have suffered [illness??]
My beloved Brother,
I think I ought to write you as the time is drawing near for your usual [??] it will be a satisfaction to you to know that I am still in the [?] of the living, I hope you and your dear wife are in good health at least that she is better than when she wrote our dear friend Mrs. Gorham. I receive your Papers regularly and particularly notice the writing and judge from it how your health is they are a source of comfort to me. I thank you for them, and srite often send one of I can't get out to get it but the girl brings anything in the form of a newspaper. I cannot get her to understand that she is only to bring a Registered Paper for Transmission abroad the Post Office will not send others; when I could get out myself it was different. I hope long before this you have received the Book I told you I would send you London. I am sorry you did not have it at the time I mentioned, but like the newspaper I could not get out about it and Mr. Blackburn forgot it which made me very sorry. However let me know if it came to hand at last. He afsured [sic] me he had directed it himself and posted it. How cheap the carriage is, only 2 pence half penny for all that distance. I told him since the Publishers name would please you. I hope it will interest you both, but course it will not interest you so much as it has interested me who am living in London.
I have suffered much lately with lownefs [sic] [sic] of spirits I cannot tell the cause I have all my wants supplied, but I want congenial society, my old Christian friends are all gone before me, or are removed to such great distances that we cannot visit. I often say I am like one of Dickens characters and I call myself "Tom all alone" If I could only get to the house of God sometimes I would not mind but it is so bad not to hear the sound of the Gospel and never to be visited by any one [sic] from the Chapel after being in communion with it ever since I have been in London, people say it is a very common thing for old Members to be [turned??] off in that manner.
I got out on Sabbath morning, the first Sabbath in the Month hoping to get to the communion. I helped myself along by the [??][railings??] in the front of the house, but before I could get so far as the chapel I was taken violently sick brought a great deal of [Phlegm??] of my stomach and could not go further [??] in to the Religion Chapel, although it was a very poor preacher it seemed so delightful to be there and join in the prayer and singing, [fest??] "Hath in the light." I went home rejoicing I was obliged to ask a young woman to help me [???] you cannot think [???????????????????????????????...few lines illegible]
I received a Cheque on [Boarding?] Bank for the interest done on the Building society, my [?] kindly cashed it for me to save me the trouble of sending for it I received [?] pounds twelve shillings all right, and [???]. I have not seen dear Mrs. Gorham since her return from the country. I received a note from her in which she informs me that she is suffering from a very bad cough and the weather being so wet and stormy she could not come to see me.
I am longing to hear from you and to hear if dear Mrs. Baker is improving under her new medical treatment. I trust your Daughter and her interesting little family are all well. How nice it is for you to have so many little feet troting in, and out, to see you everyday and their amusing little [?] beguiling the dullnefes of the dark winter season.
I have not heard of Mrs. [Letterfeld?] she said she would visit me if there was an Excursion train, but I believe there was not one, I wished to write her but writing is so difficult to see now, my sight is very defective I embrace this opportunity of writing to you it is a most beautiful light sunshining day such weather is seldom seen in the dreary month of November. Tell me if Thomas is getting on better and if Alfred's daughter has had an operation performed in her mouth. I hope they will all do well and may the Lord give them all as much worldly prosperity as He sees will be good for them, and above all may they be [?] of the [richest??] blefsings [sic] of His grace.
I must now conclude, my sight seems gone, I am all mist now. With kindest love to your dear self, Mrs. Baker and all the dear family. kifs [sic] the dear children for poor old feeble Aunt Sally
P.S. Mrs. Gorham decries her love to you all
I hope to see her soon.