W3655 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Minnie Baker
Mar 4 1882
To: Rev. Thomas Baker Hamilton
From: 312 Thames St. London
My Dear Grandpa
I received your very kind letter yesterday. And as John is out and will not be able to write until next week. I am going to write a short note to thank you dear grandpa for the purse & you so very kindly sent me And also to bid you a little of the news. For I know you must be very anxious to hear from all of us. To begin with I must tell you that I had a long letter written all ready to send you the Saturday before Mr Harbin's death But put it in a book and forgot all about it.
I received a letter from Alice to day She is very poorly indeed. She quite startled me when I first saw her after Mr Harbin's death, She is a perfect shadow to what she used to be Nellie is a dear little girl And very good. John Lottie and I staid [sic] with Alice over a week at Cherry Lodge. You know she had to leave by the first of March Mr Harbin left his will dividing every thing equally between Nellie, Bessie and Alice. He was worth about twenty four thousand Bessie and Alice divided the Silver, pictures, Books and quite a number of other small things Between them selves. The rest is to be sold and divided.
Bessie did not arrive in time to see her papa alive he died at ten in the evening Bessie arrived at four in the morning, Alice is staying with some friends of hers in Paris Lottie is with her, I expect her up next week, Lottie I mean. She was quite poorly nearly all the time she was here with a aid, therefore has not had the operation performed yet. We had arranged for the Dr. to come the Monday we left for poor Mr Harbin's funeral. Now dear Grandpa I have one piece of news, I know you will be pleased to hear And that is that John is going to join the congregation church on Sunday next, you asked about our [athenty??] church we all think all think his regularily as possible [??] it is quite a treat attending you know we are all so fond of Mr Harbin And he does preach such interesting [??] [??], Now Grandpa I think I have written quite a long letter after all, I feel quite tired as I am very busy and as helping make my mourning. I did not much want to wear black but Miss seemed to want us to She got me a black dress so of course I must wear it now I will conclude with kindest love to Grandma Aunt Mary and your self.
I am dear Granpa your affectionate granddaughter
P.S. Alice I think is going to take a house in Paris and live there Lottie will live with her, I do so wish they would come to London