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Anderson, Minnie Clemens Allison, 1870-1927


Letter from James W. Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Allison.


1322 Cary St. Octr. 27 1894, Saturday afternoon, My dear little wife, I am very sorry you are having such unpleasant weather for your visit to [Valley Forge?] - I know it won’t make any difference in your enjoyment of their hospitality but it must be such a privation to the Eastonians generally not to be permitted to have [____?] often [_____?] to see Miss Minnie Jones that was and her infant prodigy. I don’t care much about Clemens and Minnie – if you two are not worth going to see you are not worth seeing. We are [having it raw?] with an occasional drizzle but have too much occupied to get blue on account of the weather. I told you yesterday about Griffins visit at the house to-day things seem to be moving quite rapidly. The stairs from 2nd to 3rd stories are going up and by Tuesday next you can walk all over your house and see just what size your rooms and closets are to be and where the gas and heat are to come in each room – it is beginning to be interesting. [Johanna?] has not done anything towards putting the house into shape for the winter. I had the rug put down in the sitting room. She has been waiting for the coal to be put in and I haven’t attended to it until now. I ordered it to be put in on Monday and as soon as that is done I presume [?] will get to work. Frank McGuire who married Miss Notting and is building that queer looking house out by the Powers house is hopelessly ill – had appendicitis and was operated on by Dr. Hunter McGuire – now has blood-poisoning and I hear to-day cannot live. May Hardy rode onto Franklin St. yesterday afternoon on a bicycle! What will follow next. I have a small pain under my waistcost to-day – too much [?] for breakfast I suppose – otherwise I am fine. Don’t fail to give me notice and directions about sending my letters to Hazleton in good time. May [Patton?] and family are at home but I haven’t seen any of them as yet – intend every night to call and every night I put it off until the next night I reckon I must confess that I am a poor chance anyway – but one thing to my credit is that I love you and am never satisfied when you are away Kiss the boy – remember me to [_____?] present and believe me your devoted Husband [edited by MTK & IR]

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Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence; Anderson, Minnie Clemens Allison, 1870-1927 -- Correspondence


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Original letter: Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 27, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 27



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