W3547 FROM LOUISA PIKE TO REV. THOMAS BAKER
May 10 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker. 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario.
From: 7 Kind Street, Canal Garden, West London.
Dear Mr. Baker,
Thanks for your letters and P.O.O. We [??] one on the 6th as of 8 P.M. I Took them yesterday to dear aunt and read them, she was much affected and also relieved at buy their kind wishes and sympathy. It has been a great grief and anxiety for some time the failure of her health, is also at times of reason but we are thankfull to say she is much better, is very happy is very happy and ?? ?? with her new home.
It is beautifully situated, nicely furnished she has the utmost care and tendernefs [sic], and not the least, but of living and good society. Her appetite is good she enjoys everything, sleeps well etc. There is no disease but it seems a peculiar failure, cause great and old age, and she is mot able to use her legs and has to be afsisted [sic] in many ways . So great is the improvement, that she may last some years. I quite believe it is in answer to our prayers and our tears on her behalf.
It much grieves us to hear you have been made so anxious by the letters from others sent by her request. I feel much [least??], as there has been nothing wanting on our part in ministering to her comfort and wishes. Had it been pofsible [sic] your should not have been made unhappy by me or mine.
Have written often to Mrs. Gorham and also seen her, shall write again to her to-morrow and will send your message.
We took dear Aunt ourselves and she bare [sic] the journey wounderfully, indeed it seemed to revive her and I have been to see her twice. It was a [??] yesterday. What [??] [??] only [threw??] but he wouderfully supported me under it, but the fatigue has been very present and my health, as also that of my dear sister is very delicate, it has been a great strain, but now we hope to have a little more rest. Owing to great lofses [sic] and severe and continuous I was oblidged to relinquish buisnefs, which has left us but a very small income. I enclose one of my circulars.
Dear Aunt has not [wanted] far anything, I having supplied the money, feeling sure you will repay the money. I hope in time dear Aunt may be able to write if only a few lines to you as it is her earnest desire. We are selling her furniture, it shall be put buy as requested, the pounds for her funeral, fear it will not fetch much. As to [Meldmay??] Park, they would not take any one who required so much afsistance as Aunt and it was the same with the other homes they being only applicable to cases of illness and hers was a failure or decline in consequence of age and ability. I will write again in a month or sooner if there is need, if not be sure all is going on well the money will also to settle all, and little more. Please find it in my name as it saves a great deal of trouble, and shall be expended as dear Aunt desires.
I find the room Aunt likes it 52 quineas a year but the Lady will take 52 pounds at my request it is better than the one at 47, and most reasonable.
We are more than satisfied, the Lady and nurse are much kind, and nurse is such refined person and Aunt likes her much she is so [??]. There are [8??]ladies, 2 in each room. the one in dear Aunt's room though not able to walk far is very a cheerful pleasant kind person also [??]. Will you when writing send us, your [carte??] as thought we may visit not on earth it will be pleasant to look on and we look forward to visiting at the Throne were dear parents to sisters brothers and friends pause before. Of our large family 10, only myself and [dear one??] sister remain. Would that our Lord such as he other as give him a love to dear Aunt but there is one who has promised never to leace nor partake us, and in him may care see truth. Dear Aunt desires her best love to you, Mrs. B and family, also grateful thanks for your long and great continued kindnefs [sic] and generosity also kind regards from Mrs. Blackburn my sister and self.
P.S. Pray excuse writing as it is a very long letter and some great trial but was anxious to write as soon as pofsible [sic] also to give particulars.
Sunday May 10
7 King Street
Covent Garden W.L.
1 Louisa Pike uses the archaic "fs" in place of "ss".