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Bolton Feb '89

My Dear Niece

            I was happy to receive a letter from you remembering my 78th birth day & containing so many kind wishes for my future both here and hereafter.  I hope they may all be realised.  I had a cheerful comfortable birth day without a pain to speak of.
            As it happened I made over a dozen buttonholes on a winter dress for Sue & sewed on the buttons & put in the pocket &c.  I make all the button holes on dresses & any thing   It is slow plain work & it is something I can do thus far but I fear I may not be able to do it much longer   I will do it while I can.  It dont tire my eyes to sew as it does to read I do a great deal of plain sewing in a year & do most of the mending   I find a plenty of easy work to do & enjoy doing it for I know I am helping others to live more comfortably for what I do for them, & they do many kindnesses for me.  I am very comfortably situated for which I am truly thankful I have been able to go to church Every Sunday this winter & indeed for the past year, I have been quite free of colds, but all the rest of the family have colds more or less severe & Every body Else as colds prevail here this winter.  It has been such an open winter.  I had written thus far when I received your second letter containing the [hair?] (for which I am very thankful) telling me your were going to Edwards.  I was glad to know you were going there, & hope he is better.  I delayed writing more at that time on account of your being from home for a time.  I hope his case is more encouraging

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Oberlin Ohio.
Feb. 10, 1889.

My dear Grandma, --
            Your have looked long & vainly for a letter from this dilatory girl I know.  For along long while I have resolved over & over again not to let this day or week go by without having a talk with you. & all the more so since Christmas came & with it the bright half dollar, Grandma I thank you very many times.  for with that I shall get what I have wished for much & that is a new pair of manicure scissors.  I had a set Christmas but the cutters were almost useless.

Feb. 22.           Dear Grandma --
                        I began this a number of days ago in hopes that you might receive it on this your 67th birthday is it not?  but my sick week came upon me that very day & I have not been able to do anything yet.  I am writing this in bed so I am hoping that you will <be> overlook <ed> the mistakes on that account.  My visit here has been of benefit to me in more ways than one.  I am gaining flesh rapidly One day had to be spent in letting out my gowns.  Then of course all the new & beautiful things seen & heard, could not but teach me a great deal that never was learned in any book.  Grandma Burr has taught me the Art of making button holes too since my sojourn here. 
            All of them being so ill at Aunt Mary’s made me feel worried, & perhaps was not so good for me As I could not help them any.
            Laura is now better than she has been at all since last September.  It seems along while does it not?  (But just think of poor Uncle Edward, Oh!) When will he be better?  How very sorry I am for him & Auntie & you all.  I suppose it must be coming out right somehow.  Now however it seems, As far as the East is from the West does it not?  Please give my love to Uncle & hopes of a better time coming. 
            Uncle Giles is improving also.  I wonder if you knew that.  He & Laura intend to go South in March & Aunty her rheumatism troubles her so.  If only she might go with them. 
            The bright & shining star to me has been my cousin Minnie [Mary P.B. Hill Wright] .  So surprised & happy as I was to see her.  She has been my ministering angel since she came.  What should I do without her here to run to for comfort & advise?  & she has does many things to give me pleasure.  I could not count them. 
            Then too it was good to hear about all in Flemington [New Jersey]. 
            Has anyone written you of the delightful trip planned for me.  & how the Doctor [vetved?] it. 
I was going to [J.?] & then up to Connecticut & about in the course of time to your dear old home.  It was a little hard to give it up but I have no doubt but what it is best.
            Mamma has not been well any of the time that I have been away & I am anxious to get back to her again.  Indeed they sent for me to start for home to day, As I can not go next week    will probably see me on the way.  They are not very well here neither one they really ill much of the time.  Aunt Nettie I think is better a good deal.  Grandpa is getting old fast one can see.  They are all as busy as ever though. 
            I had a letter from Adaline Emerson the other day.  You know she is now at South Hadley [Massachusetts].  She says Prof. & Mrs. Emerson are [warming?] in Italy <now>.  I think I wrote you that they had gone abroad.  Did I not? 

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[Crossed out stationary]           <If not called for in five days, return to
                                                A.T. HEMINGWAY
                                                Room 57, 204 Dearborn Street,
                                                CHICAGO, ILL.>
[Addressed to]             Mrs. Caroline Grant
                                    New Marlboro
                                                                                    Beloit College
Beloit, Wis. [Wisconsin], Feb. 13 1889.
Dear Mother,
            I read your letter this Morning. Abby brought it up and opened it, leaving it on my table.  I did not look at it as she had opened it and so it has been overlooked for a couple of days.
            Enclosed you will find an order on the Express Company for the amt $37.50.  I am very glad that we can help Edward out in this way.  I wish that we could do more.  Our pay comes slowly and it costs us with our sickness &c a good deal to live.  I think that Abby has been slowly going.  Carrie will be home before long, I think.  We are having interesting meetings in the college now.  Several have already begun the Christian life and we expect many more will do so. 
            Austin’s health far broken down and he has resigned at Peterboro.  I feel somewhat anxious about him.
Harry seems to be taking hold of study this winter better than usual.  He is studying Latin.  I am very anxious that he should begin the Christian life, He seems afraid to go near the meetings.
            I think of Edward very often.  We always remember him at our morning prayers and you & father also.  I will try to write Edward.  With much love
            Your [affectionate?] son

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[Addressed to]             Mrs Daniel Grant
                                    New Marlboro.
                                    Berkshire Co.
Baldwin Cottage
Oberlin Ohio.
Feb 20th. ‘89
Dear Aunty:
            How many times I have thought of you and thought I should get letter off long ago, but have been as busy as a bee, I think your birthday is Friday the 22nd is it not?  I wish you many happy returns.
            No doubt they have told you how unexpectedly the opportunity came to return to Oberlin I have salary of ($500.) per year iE school year             of course the greater part of vacation will be spent at home My work is to keep record of marks of all students in Preparatory, College and Theological Departments I have an office of my own but it is not well furnished, It is in the South west corner of the chapel  I am in office usually from 1/2 past Eight until twelve and from half past one until five         Do not return to office after tea            Just now am working some in the Evening but do not Expect to usually          If I am to be away from home I could not be in a pleasanter place than Oberlin for me One of the Professors Prof. [Peing?] and his wife were both class-mates.  All of the Older Profs remember me and have met me most pleasantly            Mrs. Johnston is very kind and my [times?] have fallen in pleasant places
            Mrs Shurtleff is very good         I have been in frequently Prof. Shurtleff is out Goes to Office and Laura is much better   They too Expect to go South about the 1st of March, Last but not least Carrie Burr has been here since just before Christmas          It has been a real pleasure to me to have her here to take over matters with her         She is quiet, but has very pleasant manners, like her Mother in that.  has a sweet face.         wearing glasses is a great improvement to her                  We had thought that Carrie would go to Flemington [New Jersey] but they Almon and Abby have finally decided that it is best to have her return to Beloit [Wisconsin] and I presume she will go next week. I will send letter received from Abbie a few days ago
            Carrie Hill has not been very well, but, Dr Parish has taken her in hand, And she is to go away for a short visit taking Sophie [Hulsiger?] with her probably they will go to Phil.
            One of Halsey Hulburts grandsons is in the Senior class here  His name Halsey Hulburt Matterson      He called on me last Sat. Eve      He came to my office on business and his name made me think he must be a connection       He says his Aunt Julia is quite [stout?], Expects his Grandfather here for Commencement            We do thank you for the Catalogue also for the lace you need not send the muslin       We do not want it so do not have it on your mind
            How is Edward getting on         Improving I hope Are the girls Fannie and Carrie still with you   Am glad you could make use of things sent Wish I could see you but that is out of the question just [now?]          Give my love to Ed. and Lucy
            One of my pleasures here is attending Faculty Club     The Faculty meet Every two weeks One Eve. they read Shakespeare   Another Eve the conservatory Faculty played and sang for us Last Monday Eve we met at Prof. Monroe’s and Prof. Frost read a paper As an officer of the College I can attend the conservatory Rehearsals every week.
            I am boarding this term at Baldwin Cottage one of the handsome new stone buildings            There are but thirty girls here          Miss Mary Fairchild is Matron but next term I Expect to go to Talcott Hall as board is fifty cents per week cheaper           Both these houses are heated My table board, room rent, heat and light, (our lamps are student lamps and kept filled for us) costs me ($4.25) per week          My washing about fifty cents more
            I borrowed fifty dollars to come here and I want to get that paid back.
            When Carries bond is paid I think probably I can get Prof. Shurtleff to invest it She will have to use Every cent of her interest money to pay for her teeth I would love to write more but I think I must go to bed I am so sleepy
            Give love to Uncle David and to all the friends I do want to see the children so badly   Will is such a loving little fellow
            I hope Friday will be a pleasant day for you
            Your loving niece
            Minnie H. [Mary P.B. Hill Wright

            When you have time write to me and tell me how your own health is    You have had too much to do this last year but I know you could not help it

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[Addressed to]             Mrs Daniel Grant
                                    New Marlboro
                                    Berkshire Co
                                    Mass [Massachusetts]
March 7, 1889
Dear Carrie --
            I should have been glad to write you in time for you to have received it on your 69th birthday but could not I hope you had as comfortable a day as I did on mine & hope you may have many more birth days, I know you are living & have lived a very useful life & the world is much better for your having lived in it, which cannot be said of Every one.
            Sam came home to spend the ‘22’nd with us & brought a young friend with him          He is looking nicely & doing well         All Enjoyed their visit much although it was short as he felt that he must return Sat. morning as he could not well be spared from his business, as he is head one in his department.  The young man is one that boarded at the Edes’ last summer & became acquainted with us & is much pleased with Sue.  He expects to enter Amherst College next summer.  Sue & Mollie are still in the High school here & doing well          We are all very well Sewing circle was to have met with us yesterday but it was so rainy only one came a new neighbor but it broke up the afternoon & they will probably meet here next week “Grandpa” Haynes’ folk were here this morning week [noon?] to dinner & supper.  It was kind in you to write so much about your & husbands health & Edwards I hope they will not keep Edward on too low a diet
            According to our late reading a pretty generous diet is recommended for nervous persons & indeed for many invalids & cousin of Amory’s was sent to a Hospital in Boston he had a bad sore on his arm & they had him Eat all the beef stead & roast beef &c he could.  I think he is getting better I am glad for Minnie she has got so good a [situation?]            I will return her interesting letter & will not write more lengthly now hoping soon to hear from you again soon.  I should think Edward would be very much discouraged with that farm on his & himself so feeble but you all know what is best for him to do under the circumstances      We all send love

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[Addressed to]             Mrs Daniel Grant
                                    New Marlboro

2420 Harney Street
Omaha, Neb. [Nebraska] Mch 3d/89.

My dear aunt,
            I am under the impression that I have never answered the good letter you sent me about a year ago.  I remember that when Libbie was here, a short time after, she said that she would like to write to you and I told her to do so and I would not answer the letter until later.  I do not remember of answering it at all but it is not among my unanswered letters and I make it a rule never to destroy a letter until it has been answered.
            I have made my home with my sister Mary for more than a year & will probably continue to do so.  I spent three months of last summer in Colorado and more than a month of this winter in Grand Island with Libbie and her family.  One of Libbie’s daughters (now  Mrs. Geo. Nichols) lives in Oberlin and through her I heard that Carrie Burr was visiting at the Shurleffs and of the afflictions -- in the way of illness -- that have been visited upon the Shurtleff family.  I had a letter from Mary a few days ago but she was so full of her plans for housekeeping that she neglected to say anything about the S’s although I was particularly anxious to hear how they were.  She said in one of her letters that there was talk of Prof. S’s going south as soon as he was able. -- also that she gathered from what she heard in Oberlin that he was considered one of the most valuable and perhaps the most valuable man there.
            Mary’s two daughters are at school in Northampton -- one at Smith College and the other at Miss Capen’s.   Mr & Mrs Wallace and their other child (Jamie, 12 yrs old) went east in Dec. and spent the holidays in New York with the girls and then went up into Conn. and Mass. and afterwards to Ohio.  I am sorry they did not see you and Uncle Daniel.  They enjoyed the day they spent at Uncle Marcus’ very much and I know they would have enjoyed a visit with you.  If it had been summer they would have gone there although their time was limited.  Mr Wallace is an enthusiastic western man and never could see how any one could prefer to live east but he came back from this trip with the opinion that eastern people know how to get real comfort and happiness out of their lives better than western people.  He was always very fond of my father and mother and is interested in all our relations and glad to see them.
            Do you and your husband think ever of coming out to visit Abbie & her family?  If you do I hope you will come out to Omaha.  I am sure you will find a cordial welcome.  I am so glad mother & I saw so many of our kindred when we were east six years ago.  Mary wanted me to with them this winter but I dreaded going over the same ground again without mother.
            Give much love to Uncle Daniel & Edward & his family and accept much for yourself --
Jennie M. Grant

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Flemington N.J.
May 6th, 1889
Dear Auntie
            I feel rather conscience stricken for not having written before but have been too lazy on Sundays and took the time to rest instead of writing and go to bed at night almost as soon as the work is done.  Our girl has been gone three weeks and we are kept pretty busy with churning and boarders and housecleaning and sewing.  The Sutphins are still with us, but they Expect to go back to their house next week provided they can get it cleaned, and Mrs S. is able to be moved.  Have four rooms cleaned -- am speaking of our own house now -- but cannot get on with the cleaning very fast, as we cannot get help just when we want it.  Father is busy with the garden now.  Is still in Mr Emerys Office.  Has not been feeling very well lately and gets tired very soon.  The children are well and play outdoors most of the time and get in all sorts of mischief  
They are perfectly happy if they can muss with water or dig in he dirt.  Will was discovered trying to milk one of the cows the other day.  He had dragged the stool up to the cow, and had an old tin pail, and had succeeded in getting a few drops of milk.  He can do about Every thing he tries to do, and handles rakes, and shovels, and hoes remarkably well for so small a youngster.  He is very strong and sturdy.  Sophie digs dandelions very nicely and Alletta and Chalmers are as well as usual.
Sam has not been feeling very well, was unable to work for a day or two.  In his last letter said he was feeling better.  Do not know what the trouble is.  When I was there he thought he had dyspepsia, and was Eating some fruit Every day.  Either an apple or an orange.  He is interested just now in taking photographs by flash light and has succeeded in getting some very good negatives.  Louis and Susie are going on as usual.  Louis paints watercolors some, besides the photographing and making of picture frames          Sam says L. works all the time and takes very little time for rest.  A brother and sister of Susies are keeping them.
            [Min?] expected to go home with Mr Matterson to Seville last week to spend Sunday I think.  Probably she will write to you about it. 
            Belle Mott is to be married on Wednesday in the Church.  Cards were sent out to all the Congregation, and her young unmarried friends are invited to a reception at the house.  She is to be married at 1.30 P.M. and the reception is from two to four.  I have a card to the reception and Expect to go.  Hope to go down tomorrow to help trim the Church, with the other girls.  It is time I went to bed now so I must stop.  Am feeling better than I did and am trying to rest and get better yet.
            Aunt [Hettie?] has had a very bad cold but is better now.  Hope [rd?] will improve now that pleasant weather has come.  The first trees are all in blossom here.
            Love from us all to yourself and Uncle
            Affectionately yours
Kiss the little ones for me.

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Beloit Wis.  [Wisconsin]
June 3rd 1889.

 My dear [Mother?]
            Your letter was received a day or two ago.  Was glad to hear of you all. though surprised that I was owing a letter.  I thought I had written, but presume that I planned writing & than thought that I had.  I received a letter from [Sue?] Saturday in which she speaks of the death of Mr. & Mrs. Hartwell in Col.  How glad I am that they could have gone to their children before their death.  I am glad that the children are home for a little while for your sake.  I do hope that Edward may improve faster than he has done here before.  I am glad that the children are fairly provided with clothes for I have been worrying about it for I Have some material from Carries old things. & have been trying to do something about them I am too weak to do any thing of them myself & am rarely able to have a woman in the house to sew & we have to have a little sewing done so there has seemed no chance to get anything started for them.  I hope it may be different in the fall.  We have no present prospect of finding a house. We have to be out of this the <middle> twentieth of July.  How Carrie & I are going to do our part of the moving I [cannot?] see.  Carrie doe snot improve much
            Mr. Burr seems very well.  So does Arthur Harold about  a usual.  We have had an unusually cold wet Mary.  More cloudy showery weather than I have known since coming here
            Mr. Shurtleff & Laura were somewhat improved in health by their Southern trip.  Laura is studying a little now.
            I wish you could see some of my pretty pansies out under the window.  I wish I could keep a dish of them in Edwards room.  I know they would cheer him.
            With love to you all

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[Addressed to]             Mrs. Caroline Grant
                                    New Mareldoro <Mill. River>
                                    Berkshire. Co/ Mass
[On side of envelope] If not called for in 10 days return to John E Benton
Lansing Mich
Call Box 812
Lansing June 3./ 89
Dear Cousin,
            Many, many years have sped since we meet [this?] last winter I think.  [R?] received a letter from Jesse Benton of [Montana?] saying yourself and husband were in Mill river did not learn how long it had been since your letter from Kansas [by sore ly spirst?] wife and brought up by her is in Enon Barber. Co Kansas farming and selling [mechenery?] as that is his vocation the latter in perticular his naim is F.W. Benton (37) years old never has made large acumalations I am more ingaged in helping him [abought?] $2,000 Mrs Benton and myself (who have been marriade more than thirty years) live in this city wich if the census was taken would be 14,000 or 15,000 it being the capitle city grows substantial but not as fast as the western towns we retired abought 12 years ago in good shape say more $40,00 I speak of the amount for the reason that people always wish to know: just as if money makes the man: we had two daughters given us (one left) who is 29 years old married and lives eight miles from this city farming on an eighty acre farm wich I bought and gave them paid $4,000 for it they make a little have no children
My darling Bertha my pride and blessing whome resembled me so very much died five years ago at the age of 22 so you see I have no grandchildren onely [my?] first wife    Fred has two daughters whome I have never seen one 8 the other 10 write me nice letters but I take but little stock in the blood of the tribe: remember the hotly contested land suit wich I had with the family more than 30 years ago at Cleaveland Ohio
            Fred’s mother who is now 63 lives near Cleaveland has ben marriade near 30 years her husband is an illiterate fellow some property [pay?] $20,000: 20: I was through the town one year ago met her on the street had not seen her for 30 years she was pointed out to me of corse would not have known her: as I had no fears of being known by her gaised on the girl that I once thought beautiful she once weighed 125 would have said then 200 how strange she appeared: did not disern one action to remind me of fame of long ago: I write or speak of her as we talked of the affair when we last met in Norfolk the boy Fred I sough onely once untill he came to me when 24 years old he was fareley educated: staid two or three days was up once or twice more before going west Fred and his step Father cant agree so I help him hopeing he will yet do well: our home is one block from the capital squair in the center of the town and we try to take comfort in our old age I am most 61 [Ms?] Benton 55 yet there comes to my mind the memory of youthful days I remember the kiss you implanted on my cheek at my old home a day or two before you first went to [Miseonsoa?]: remember the Berkshere hills with there senery attractions and all the acquaintances of youth and many times think it would have been as well or better if I had have remained in the land of my youth although I mite have obtained but little of this worlds goods: when I pass away a smaller [amount?] to leave perhaps would be as well or better to leave behind: well how many children have you what are they adoing many things have changed in thirty years all the old ones have gone and many of the young   Erastus how many children has he Lesse says that he and his wife parted 4 or 5 years ago and Erastus is marriade once more was it his first wife after living together more than thirty yes forty: years where is your sister Mary how large a family has she I have received nothing from my Brother Warren for six years Albert dont write so I have got his boys to write: how large a plase is Mill River <...> what for a country is Kansas for farming was through that ‘reagon’ 8 years ago this month on a flying trip did not stop to investigate: their towns seamed to be growing finely can you give me Warren [Bs?] address well Cousin you are in the land of your youth that land that is dear or should be dear to every one I hope sometimes to tread those hills once more but then the gayety of youth with its happy dreams have flown life is a [faleuer?] at the best how I longed at 20 to go to the great west how I pictured this level country withought a mountain or rock hardly a hill: although blessed with plenty the picture that fancy [drue?] has fallen far short in every respect.  Well I will close by saying if these hastey lines are though by you worth of reply address
John E Benton
Call Box 812 Michigan
My regards to Mr Grant in running my eyes over this scribble discover many mispelt words but think perhaps you can construe its meaning I never could spell or write

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[Addressed to]             Daniel Grant
                                    New Marlboro’

2420. Harney St.
Omaha. July 19th ‘ 89

Dear uncle Daniel,
            Your letter to Jennie arrived about a week ago and as she was on the ocean making her way towards England I concluded to open it.  Mr. Wallace was looking about to see what he could do in the way of investing or loaning your money and may have written you but I think not as he hardly had time before he left on a business trip he has been contemplating for some time.  He started last Saturday with our boy Jamie -- 13 years of age -- on a journey to Denver, Salt Lake and then into the mountains of Idaho -- will be away about three weeks.  When he returns he will undoubtedly do what he can for you and let you know.  I hope the delay will make not great difference.  When we were at uncle Marcus we inquired for you all and learned of your “whereabouts” -- were so sorry to learn of Edwards sickness.  How his wife has been taken down I do not see what they will do.  I have no doubt the doctor is right in saying she should keep her bed for some time and only hope she may be circumstanced so that it may be possible.  Enclosed you will find a [draft?] which I wish you would send to Edward and tell him I said he should use it for himself and his wife to assist them in regaining their health. 
            We had a letter from Jennie on Wednesday mailed just as they were taking a vessel at Queenstown to go to Liverpool.  She had been seasick only about a day and had enjoyed the voyage very much -- will spend ten days in London, about the same in Paris and then go to Switzerland.  How long she will stay abroad will depend on her own pleasure and whether she can find pleasant company to stay with her. 
            I am enjoying the summer with my daughters home from school & a cousin and schoolmate is visiting them
            With love to yourself, aunt Caroline and the cousins I am
            Yours truly
Mary G. Wallace

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[Stationary in upper right-hand corner]             Return to
Treasurer of Oberlin College,
If not delivered in Five Days.
                                                                        Mrs. Caroline Grant
                                                                        New Marlborough
                                                                        Mass. [Massachusetts]
Oberlin. O. [Ohio] Aug. 16th ‘89
Dear Aunt Caroline,
            It is some time since we exchanged letters, and I hardly remember which wrote last, but you are often in my thoughts and I would very much like to know how cousin Edward and family are getting along.
            As for ourselves, Laura continues quite well, and her father has been able to do his usual work, except during a week’s time, when he was laid aside with serious bowel trouble.  His health, however, is poor, and I greatly fear that he is overworking, and will find himself obliged to give up so responsible a position.
            I inquired the other day in regard to that investment of yours, and Mr. S. tells me that he has one now, paying 7 1/2% interest, which he can make over to you, but he has hopes of doing better, of getting 8%, and perfectly good security.  The time has been so long since you sent the money, that I thought I would write you how the matter stood.  You will get 7% on the money from the time Mr. S. received it till the bond is made out to you.  If you prefer to have the investment Mr. S. already has on hand, please write, and he will have it made over to you immediately.
            You will be glad to hear that my brother Edward’s children Grace and Mary, have been with us a month past, and will stay a week longer.  Grace, as I presume you know, is somewhat lame, as a result of inflammatory rheumatism when a child.  But she is a fine scholar, good performer on the piano, and of so happy a disposition that life seems a great boon to her not withstanding her infirmity.  Mary is also a bright and happy child.  I can well believe that Edward is very happy in his family.
            Please remember me with love and sympathy to your Edward and his wife.  My love also to Uncle Daniel.
Your affectionate niece
Mary B. Shurtleff

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[Stationary in upper right-hand corner] G.W. SHURTLEFF & CO.
                                                                        MORTGAGE INVESTMENTS.
Oberlin, O., [Ohio] Dec. 26, 1889.
Dear Uncle,
            The papers in the Bolles loan are received, also your letter of the 10th. You may if you choose, send the $200, you refer to, and I will invest it as soon as I can do so, safely, allowing you, meantime, 6% interest.  I shall doubtless be able to invest it for one year, at 8%, very soon.  I have a loan of $143, running two years, on which I could allow you 8%.  Should I fail to secure a good $200 loan, I will assign this one to you, and give you my note for the balance.  I would not let the money lie idle. 
            With regard to Mr. [C.?] Knox, I would say, he is regarded as a very shrewd business man, but not a safe and conservative investor.  You ask why I do not go further west.  I have investigated that subject very carefully, having traversed western Kansas, with this in view, and I reached a very clear judgment that investments there are unsafe.  Western Nebraska is much safer and yet investments there, must be made with great caution
            Yours very sincerely,
G.W. Shurtleff

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Beloit Wis. [Wisconsin]
Dec 27th 1889
My dear Mother,
            The little booklet & the pretty [suche?] that Lucy sent were duly received & we thank you both.  Christmas day was warm & pleasant indeed we have had no touch of real Wisconsin winter yet.  The whole season so far has been very unusual.  They are still at work on the Academy.
            I was taken ill Sunday eve and have not sat up since until to-day which left the finishing of Christmas arrangements to Carrie who was some overtired by it and a cold settled easily upon her, still she kept around but cannot study which is a disappointment.   I think that I shall be around as usual next week.
            I put in the collars for Lucy<s> to apportion as she saw fit for not knowing about their things I could not tell which would do best for each.
            I hope that you are all as well as may be.
            With love to you all