W3675 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER FROM LOUISA PIKE.
Apr 25 1882
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street Hamilton Ontario
From: London England
Dear Mr Baker
Thanks for your caring previous letter which was to us most acceptable and would have been answered before but both my sister and self have been more than usually occupied and tired to which we have been far from well but now feeling all right. As to the 80 left by dear Aunt up to April 1880 she had 100 in the bank as also a small sum in the savings bank but which she was obliged to draw and in consequence of her failing strength and infirmities involving great additional expense. The 80 she particularly wished reserved, for the funeral expenses, also to leave what she could as a mark of her love and gratitude to you and Mrs B. When I first wrote dear Aunt was quite out of her mind, unable to attend to anything not even the reading of your letters. Under these painful circumstances I went to Mrs Gorham and she advised me writing to you stating she was sure you would approve of it. At that time there was only 2-0-0 pounds left for use. The $80 could not be touched and I know dear Aunt did not wish it to be. We mifs [sic] her much having done all we could to minister to her comforts for many years, and she always said our house was like home to her, having spent her Christmas and Easter &c with us.
We did not lack for reward here but found her through if we returned it into our business for which we return most grateful thanks the funeral is paid for also other expenses the residence will be divided as directed by you. As to Mrs. Hedges money has been kept back of course [??] I do not think she is established to any more as she has been generously treated by both you and me. We should resend a photo if pofsible [sic] also with a flower that the papers be [?] and will be gratified with a letter [??] but that was cared for. With grateful thanks from all family so the dear departed as also to ourselves.
P.S. She wished 20 to you and 20 to Mrs B left but suppose it was misunderstood. We have kept a few of dear Aunt's things in memory of her as she wished us to do. She took 5 pounds Ten little schillings &c. The other things were sold but did not fetch much. My sister joins me in love and much thanks as also Mr Blackburn and Mrs Vicanour. It may not be long as we meet at the throne where all sorrows and sighing shall flee away and one shall feel no more pain or weaknefs [sic]. Adieu
Tuesday April 25
Of Spring Street Covent Gardens W.C.