W3506 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Minnie Baker
Jan 11 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 312 Thames Street, London, Ontario
Rev. Thomas Baker,
My Dear Grandpa,
Your letter dated the sixth was gladly received. In it you requested me to let you know occasionally how Lottie was progressing. I am very sorry to have to tell you that the stitches have all given way, leaving her throat almost the same as it was before the operation was performed. The Dr. seemed very much disappointed as Lottie had borne it so well. He had been able to do his part so thoroughly that he had great hopes of it uniting without any further trouble. But they say it is nothing unusual to have to do it over several times. Of course Lottie's throat is still very sore, and they can do nothing until it is thoroughly healed. Then the Dr. prefers trying the operation over again. Poor Lottie feels almost discouraged. When she found that the last stitch had given away she turned her face to the wall, and cryed [sic] nearly all morning. You know dear Grandpa she was weak, as she had not taken any nourishment except milk and a very little beef tea for five days. And during that time she did not speak one word. And it seemed allmost [sic] more than the poor girl would bear, to think of having to go through it all again. But she is getting quite strong again. And as [sic]1 fully made up her mind to have it done over again. The Dr. thinks her throat will not be well enough untill [sic] towards the end of next week. I will let you know as soon as it is done again.
Jimmie as been very poorly the last three or four days. He as just been asking me, who I am writing to. I told him Grandpa. He says well Auntie you ask Grandpa if Santa Claus put any thing in his stocking, he also wants me to tell you all he got, but I do not think it will be very interesting.
You have perhaps seen by the papers, that Mr. Hunter our new minister as been quite sick ever since they removed to London. Which was a week ago last Thursday. There was a very large congregation at church on Sunday. Some were very much disapointed [sic] at Mr. Hunter not being able to preach.
Lottie received a letter from Maud last week.2 She said they have only had one snow storm there this winter and that did not last more than half a day. She says Oh Lot [Lottie] I do wish Min [Minnie] or you would marry an Englishman and come over hear [sic] and live. Then I would be just as happy as it is possable [sic] for any one to be. They were all very sorry to hear of Grandma's continued ill health and also Aunt Mary's trouble. But hope Dear Grandpa this will find you all in better health now I will conclude with fondest love to all.
I remain, your affectionate, granddaughter Minnie.
1 Minnie consistently writes "as" for "has."
2 Maud (or Maude) went to live in England with her grandmother, Mrs. Fussell.