W3524 TO REV. TOMAS BAKER from Jean Vallance Cotton
Mar 14 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 97 Mildmay Road, Mildmay Park, Stoke Newington N. London
Mr. Baker/dear Sir,
Your sister Mrs. Pike has requested me to write you has [sic] she is unable to do so herself of course you are aware that Mrs. Pike is now quite a confirmed invalid I think it was in November last she had a fit of praylsis [sic] which affected her so much that we all thought she would have passed away before the end of the year. I am happy to tell you that she is now much better and her mind more clear than it has been since her illness although at times she is suffering from loss of Memory I went to see her a few afternoons since when she told me that she was in great trouble as she had not heard from you this year and also told me you had usually sent her Money in the early part of the year she wished me to look over her desk to see if I could find any letters from you dated 1881 I have thoroughly searched but could not find one of this years date. Will you therefore kindly write her return post to me.
I think I ought to explain how it is that Mrs. Pike wished me to write for her. I am the daughter of the late Mr. Cotton and Niece of the late Miss Vallance both as you know old and vauled [sic] friends of dear Mrs. Pike and [?] to the love of my dear Mothers memory comes Mrs. Pike. I love her dearly for she has petted and scolded me ever since I was ten years old and it will always be a pleasure to me and a privilege also to help her in any way Mrs. Pike told me that Miss Pike of Covent Garden had written to you telling you of her illness but she thought she had not been explicit enough in telling you how she is placed.
Mrs. Pike has been compelled to have a Nurse and doctor ever since the commencement of her illness and it has encroached very much on her small income. I am sorry to say that during the first part of her illness she was sadly neglected by the nurse in whos [sic] charge she was left Miss Pike and Mrs. [?] found another person and at once discharged the former Nurse, the woman who now has the care of her is extremely kind and good to her but cannot remain with her much longer and of course we are all anxious that the time dear Mrs. Pike remains here be it long or short shall be made happy and the poor suffering body well cared for we have consulted what had best be done for her that she may not again be neglected and I now submit dear Sir this plan to your approval. For we have in Mildmay Road a nursing home for Ladies of limited income conducted by [?] strictly protestant the home is in connection with St. Jude’s Church of whom the late William Pennyfeather was vicar his Widow a lady of considerable property has founded an orphanage Alms houses- and nursing home in memory of her late husband and each home is under the superintendance of ladies from some of the best families in England who are willing to work for Christ sake amonged [sic] the suffering and sick.
I have had an interview with the Matron and find that Mrs. Pike could be received into the home and have every care and comfort with Medical attendance for rather less than she is now paying, she would also have Christian society and be amongst refined and cultured people dear Mrs. Pike is known to one or two of the ladies I believe she attended some of their prayer meetings we have spoken to her about it and she likes the idea very much will You therefore give this matter your prayerful consideration and let us know your ideas upon the subject
We consider the arrangement of the home and also the diet to be extremely good Mrs. P has told me that you are in sorrow caused by your dear wife's illness. I trust dear Sir that Mrs. Baker is better that you are in good health and also that every sorrow and trust may be softened by the kind and loving hand of Him who has led and guided you for so many years.
I remain dear Sir
Jane Vallance Cotton
To Mr. Baker
Monday March 14th 1881
1 See W3531 for the the draft of Rev. Thomas Baker's reply to this letter.