W3532 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Minnie Baker
Mar 22 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 312 Thames Street, London, Ontario
Rev. Thomas Baker,
My Dear Grandpa,
I know you must be waiting for a letter from us telling you the result of the last operation on Lottie's throat. The Drs. performed the operation a week ago last Monday. Lottie was not feeling very well at the time but did not say any thing about it to the Drs. as she was anxious to have her throat thoroughly done before Mr. Harbin and Allie's [Alice] return home. But although Lottie tried her best to stand the operation, the Drs. had to stop and let her rest every few minutes to keep her from fainting, and after all it as [sic] proved a perfect [failure?]. Poor Lottie is all most discouraged and the Drs. very much disappointed. They think Lottie must of had a slight cold before the operation was performed as she coughed several times while in bed and that is what the Drs. think broke the stitches. They seem to think it would be advisable for her to wait two or three months before having it done again. But have not as yet decided that it is really necessary as Lottie is very anxious to have it done again if possable [sic]. She is up but very poorly still. Her throat was much more painful this time than before. She had to keep hot salt on her face for two or three days. But I must not forget to tell you that nearly every one can notice an improvement in Lotties speech. Just with the one stitch that as [sic] remained from the operation before this one.
Willie wants me to tell you dear grandpa that he would of [sic] answered your kind letter but that Mr. Tackabery as [sic] been very sick which as made them more than usually busy. He is a little better now.
We received a letter from Mr. Harbin a short time ago telling us that Allie was the happy mother of a little baby girl. Mr. Harbin says he must admit she is rather nice looking with an abundance of dark hair and dark blue eyes. Its mother says just like its Grandpa. It was born on the 28th of February. Jimmie says he hopes Auntie Allie will bring the baby home with her. Lottie delighted becaus it [sic] a girl as she thinks them [much?] the nicest. You will be [pleased?] to hear that we all like Mr. Hunter very much. I for one never heard any minister that I liked nearly as well. He preaches special sermons for the young every Sunday evening. We always consider that we have mised [sic] quite a treat when unable to attend.
Now I will conclude hoping that Grandma is much better than when we last heard and with kindest love to Grandma, Aunt Mary and your self. Believe me ever dear Grandpa,
Your affectionate Granddaughter,