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Anderson, Minnie Clemens Allison, 1870-1927


Letter from James W. Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Allison, discussing family news, finances, and health matters.


Richmond May 5, 1891 Tuesday afternoon I didn’t get your Sunday letter until this morning, my dear little wife, and I am exceedingly glad to know that your family party assembled on Sunday and that yr. Auntie is the better for it. Dont expect her to get well at once? be patient? I want you more than I can tell but more than that I want you to be good and sweet and patient to and with her. She will be all right again in time and we must both submit to some sacrifice. I enclose the card? of course we will have the "Mr. and Mrs." cards? but think we had best wait until we have an address to print thereon. I enclose you Allison & Addisons Chk. on N.Y. for Forty dollars wh. makes up the $200.00 for your one months income. If you think you will need more money before I see you just let me know and it shall be forth coming. I sent some flowers yesterday and to-day I send by Express the two bottles of Port wine. It is well you didn’t accept the 1/2 dozen as I find there are only two more bottles left? they have been drinking hard since I have been away. I am too sorry not to have been present at your exhibition of gowns? glad they met the approval of yr. critical family? what with "Auntie and the boys" and the visits of your old admirers I am afraid you are feeling too much like "old times" if the old house were there the charm would be complete? but as the surroundings are new I have some hope that eventually you will prefer Richmond and me. You are right about the Grant house I hadnt thought about the typhoid fever. I wont look at it. Haven't heard from Anderson yet nor have I seen Dooleys house? I fear the latter is beyond my means. I am improving every day & my friends say fattening. I do hope you are also improving I do not at all like the silence you maintain as to yourself and your health. Love and many Kisses from Your devoted Husband [ALS, James W. Allison to Minnie Clemens Jones Allison, May 5, 1891. The third page is on letterhead: Allison & Addison 1322 Cary St. Richmond, Va. The text of this page of the letter is written at a 90 degree angle to the letterhead.] [edited by MTD]

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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 Clemens Jones Allison, 1891 May 5, 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 Clemens Jones Allison, 1891 May 5



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